Ag PTECH freshmen on Monday — their last day of school before exams — visited the St. Johnsville Nursing Home to talk with residents and build wheelchair-accessible gardens for them.
In small groups, the students “interviewed” the residents about different aspects of agriculture and the changes they have seen during their lifetimes. Each group had the opportunity to speak with several residents in the courtyard outside the building.
The students then filled the wheelchair-accessible garden beds with soil and planted a variety of vegetables that the residents will be able to tend to throughout the growing season.
All the materials the students used were funded through a $350 Stewart’s Holiday Match grant the school received to carry out the service project, which was part of the students’ earth science class sustainability project and their agriculture science class.