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San Miguel students build a greenhouse

Students in Christina Wilkinson's agricultural science class at Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel work on building a greenhouse.
Students in Christina Wilkinson's agricultural science class at Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel work on building a greenhouse. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Students at San Miguel's Lillian Larsen School finished work on a greenhouse Tuesday, the latest addition to an agriculture science program that already includes an apple orchard and pumpkin patch.

The greenhouse will give students a chance to participate “in agriculture full circle,” special education/ag science teacher Christina Wilkinson said. They’ll sprout seeds; plant fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers; and then sell some of them to the community to raise money for supplies.

Other plants will be added to the community garden, grown and harvested for the school cafeteria or to sell.

Wilkinson’s students were introduced to the idea of a greenhouse but not given step-by-step instructions on how to build the frame, door and supports.

Using math reasoning, collaboration, problem-solving, questioning and other skills, students built a simple wooden frame and doors. They covered the metal frame with greenhouse-grade polyurethane and tacked it securely to the wood supports.

“Through this activity, self-esteem is raised and a product is completed to be shared with others,” Wilkinson wrote in an email.

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