The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund awarded Bladen County Schools, East Bladen High School a grant in the amount of $100,000 to construct an Agricultural Student Learning Barn on the campus of East Bladen.
Beginning in the Fall of 2018 students will participate in Ag classes utilizing the barn for hands-on, interactive learning. The barn is being located next to the schools' greenhouse giving students experiential learning in both horticulture and agriculture.
Students will work with their instructors, Earl Miller and Ruby Stephens, to grow and cultivate livestock and horticulture. Goats and other small animals will be cared for and tended to by students.
To help sustain the financial costs of the barn's upkeep and feed for the animals, the students have chosen to grow earthworms as part of a vermiculture project for the school's FFA organization.
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