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Henry County students are "growing to learn " in school greenhouse

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Published: Apr. 18, 2016 at 6:06 PM EDT
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Students in the horticulture program at Magna Vista High School are getting national attention.

Students not only pot the plants but see them grow. There is also a greenhouse where you can buy plants.

Keri Knott is a senior and national award winner in the Horticulture program at Magna Vista High School.

From the classroom to the green house, students pot the plants, grow and sell to the community.

"We have trucks that come in with our plugs and then we grow some from seed. And we begin potting up immediately and filling the tables as quickly as possible so we can start selling as soon as we can," Knott said.

Knott says this opportunity at Laurel Park Middle School and then in high school has provided her with the skills for the real world.

"Students like me who help the customers, who assist in check out, it's very hands on for a purpose so we are ready to take that next step," Knott said.

The greenhouse provides students with the ability to see their learning come to life.

"And then to see their sense of ownership change as we go through the crop and their pride in having family members come and purchase plants and sharing what they know," Magna Vista Horticulture teacher Deborah Barker said.

Barker says many students find their passion for plants follows them after high school.

Barker says the industry is in need of young adults as interest in the field nationwide is dropping.

"It's a wonderful career. You get to make the world around you more beautiful. It's an environmentally green industry so you just feel good about the product you are producing," Barker said.

The money raised helps the students travel to competitions and bring back national titles to Magna Vista.

The greenhouse is open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.