Two Rivers Community School Receives ‘Going Local’ Grant for Plant Propagation Project

Published Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm

The Two Rivers Community School is happy to announce that it has been chosen as a grant recipient for the Going Local Grants Program through the North Carolina Farm Bureau.

Two Rivers Community School Gardening Program

Two Rivers Community School Gardening Program

The grant program is part of the Ag in Classroom efforts across the state connecting students in PreK-12 schools to North Carolina’s rich agriculture history and its importance.

The grant funding will assist the school’s thriving garden program’s Plant Propagation Project. It is expected that the Watauga County Farm Bureau President will award a certificate and check for $500 in early 2016.

“The purpose of this project is to provide a platform for the increased agricultural literacy of Two Rivers’ students through hands-on, garden-based, curriculum and activities that will connect them more closely with their local food systems,” said Two Rivers Garden Coordinator Megan Brown. “Students will explore the farming practices local to the High Country of North Carolina and the basic principles of plant propagation for the purpose of farming.”

Two Rivers Community School Gardening Program

Two Rivers Community School Gardening Program

Through a partnership with Deep Gap Intentional Garden (DIG), Two Rivers’ students will be involved in the process of plant propagation from the beginning. Over the winter, classes will select seed varieties they find most adapted to our local climate. They will then plant these seeds in the nearby DIG greenhouse. The middle school will also help design and build new cold frames and low tunnels in order to extend the growing season at the school. All classes assist in the general upkeep of the garden and participate in activities such as transplanting seedlings, weeding, watering, pest management, harvesting and soil fertility management.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s support is critical to providing quality hands-on education in gardening and food system awareness projects. Two Rivers Community School is grateful for the support and looks forward to the development of its garden program throughout the winter and spring.

Two Rivers Community School

Founded in 2005, Two Rivers Community School is a tuition-free, K-8, public-charter school based in Boone. The Two Rivers curriculum challenges students with dynamic learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. Academics are at the core of every opportunity provided with the expectation that students grow in both character and in intellect during their time at Two Rivers. This year the school’s enrollment is 178 students with enrollment opening for the 2016-2017 school year on March 14, 2016. If you would like to learn more about Two Rivers Community School, contact Ryan Robinson at 828-262-5411 or by email at rrobinson@trcsboone.org.

 

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