Spalding High gets greenhouse

November 29, 2017
George Henry photo Agricultural Science students tending to a patch of sweet peppers inside the recently constructed greenhouse at the Spalding High School, along with a teacher.

 

The Agricultural Science programme at the Spalding High School in Clarendon received a major boost recently, following the construction of a greenhouse at that institution in September. The facility, which came about through the instrumentality of Member of Parliament for North West Clarendon Richard Azan, was done for the school by Food For the Poor.

"The setting up of this greenhouse means a lot to the school," said Clayton Bryan, who teaches agricultural science at Spalding.

"Students will be more exposed to new technologies being used in agriculture today. With the climate change affecting farmers, we are now in a more controlled environment, so it is much easier for us to be facilitating nutrients, water and everything," Bryan said.

"We are now able to facilitate the water, facilitate the nutrients in the soil; and we will not have to depend solely on rainfall. Our students are now able to access hands-on experience; and by the time they go into the working world they will be more experienced and will be able to fall within the new technology," the teacher said.

The school is presently planting some 400 seedlings of sweet peppers. According to Bryan, the school intends to produce tomatoes, lettuce and other crops.

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