Breaking Ground at Houlton High School
Our newly formed agricultural program at Houlton High School, Breaking Ground, promotes nutrition and cost-effective growing practices with students in an outdoor classroom environment. Community volunteers donate resources and expertise that teach these students to be self-sufficient. Sponsored initiatives include a school-wide composting project, utilization of a new greenhouse, planning and maintenance of a school fruit orchard, common planting techniques for a school garden, community service activities, and marketing opportunities. Students have designed a logo for their organization and are encouraged to promote their progress through public events opportunities. Posters and flyers have been created and a Facebook page is continuously updated. Our local newspaper, The Houlton Pioneer Times, has written an article in our support. The students have created a popular fundraiser, called the Sponsor A Tree, that will provide the seedlings for our fruit trees. During the winter months, students research daily the benefits of the products they will raise, and compile a network of resources for easy do-it-yourself projects. Our goals for this first year of operation include teaching students to create a garden layout according to recommended companion planting guidelines, and to test these techniques in a controlled environment. We analyze soil compositions and provide amenities where necessary. Students study the growth cycles of the plants they choose to raise, from germination, to maturity, and then back to seed for saving for the next year. We collaborate with local businesses for recycled and repurposed items, seeds, equipment and much needed supplies. Breaking Ground strives to build a network of contacts with the vendors at our summer Community Market, without threat of competition. The reception has been favorable and supportive.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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