CHS ag department gets new barn and tractor
The Clinton High School Agricultural Science Department, Ag Science, recently got a brand new tractor and barn. The Ag Science department has various classrooms in Clinton High that aim to prepare those interested in an agricultural career.
The money to purchase these items came from the Career and Technical Education funds that were allocated to Laurens School District 56. The new area at the High School will be called the Clinton High School Land Laboratory.
The barn was built over the summer by contractors, but there are currently no animals in the barn as of right now, as the school is still waiting for water and electricity to be installed into the barn, but the students here at Clinton High School have already built a fence to go around the barn.
Annette Bodie, the Ag Science Teacher and FFA leader said, “We plan to use the barn for classroom activities as well as to have Farm Animal Days to educate younger children about animal care and where their food comes from.” Farm Animal Days occur around the year at the elementary schools to teach the kids about agricultural careers.
Bodie and the students in the Ag Science department classes also received a new tractor. The Tractor they received was a Kubota Tractor in October with a front end loader, bush hog for mowing the grass at the barn, aerator, and a tiller to plow the land.
Bodie said she hopes to soon be producing vegetables in a garden right outside the school to supply the cafeteria with.
The Ag Science department plans on having the garden producing fruits and vegetables after the 2016-17 school year. They plan on growing sweet potatoes, lettuce, pumpkins and various peppers.
The classes throughout the day in her class as well as the members of FFA, Future Farmers of America, and Supervised Agricultural Experience members plan on helping with the garden.
The Ag Science department is also having a Christmas Tree sale, be sure to be on the lookout for more information in an ad in today’s paper.