Sarah Kincaid – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Sarah Kincaid – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Biography

The classroom, the lecture, and the mundane – all of which have their place and essential aspect to teaching and learning, even in this fast-paced, ever-changing 21st Century in which we live. However, there are also times when learning needs to expand far beyond the walls of a classroom and give students an opportunity to get their hands dirty and think outside the box. With the decline of our local economy and the rising global demand for food, educating students on the science and art of agriculture that was once commonplace in our region will reestablish self-sufficient skills of food production and provide an outlet for other economic opportunities in the realm of agri-science. With the students being a part of all aspects, they are becoming experts, so to speak, and have a vested ownership in the project and will be able to educate others as to how the process works and can be implemented in their own lives. Our project has had a few modifications due to trial-and-error and the never-ending winter. However,we are still focusing on the green house cultivation of plants, forced bulbs, and growing sod flats. Students are using a variety of methods for growing plants and determining how we can generate a product to sell for profit. Students are preparing Jiffy Pods that will be ready for planting. Seedlings of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers will be grown for spring sales market.