RLHS Greenhouse opens

On another bone-chilling day in February, it was a relief to enter the new FFA Greenhouse at Red Lodge High School. Many years in the planning, the students and faculty joined together to celebrate on Tuesday, Feb. 20. FFA Advisor and ag teacher Allyson Lammiman said, “It’s a long time coming!” She expressed pride in all the students who worked so hard. “This was student driven!” Forty seven students are in ag classes and many took some part in building the greenhouse and getting it started.

“It’s awesome,” said plant science student, Anna Dye. “We had an old greenhouse up at the fairgrounds. This is so much better!” Having the greenhouse miles away made it harder to maintain the plants.

“It took a lot of community to come together to make this happen. So many hours!” said Lammiman.

The school bought the kit and FFA had to put it up. This became a big rallying cry for help that brought in local construction groups, electricians and heating experts who made it happen. “Some businesses also helped financially,” said Lammiman.

The greenhouse naturally uses the sunlight for most of the work, but on the cloudy days, there is gas heat to provide the necessary stability of temperature so plants don’t die.

“The plant science students will do the planting. Then the FFA will sell them in May. The funds are used for scholarships for college or trips for FFA,” said Lammiman. Students that participate in the planting and growing get 50 percent of the profits from their work.

Dye, a Junior, planted flowers: columbine, lupine two types of day lilies. She said columbines are “cool plants and really pretty!” She enjoys seeing the lupines out in the wilderness and in effect, “bring them home and have a piece of the wild.” She might use her share of the profits for college expenses but applying it towards an FFA trip is also a possibility.

“It’s all part of the school farm project” said Lammiman. They want to teach students the value of growing your own healthy food.

“First, there was the chicken coop, second is the greenhouse. Last, will be a small orchard,” she said. The three projects will constitute a hands on facility to apply what ag students learn in class. The goal is for the students to know what to do, “you really want to have control of your food quality and availability.”

Lammiman said, “You have to have that skill. It’s the least expensive way.”

Dye encouraged kids to try growing plants themselves. “It’s pretty easy.”

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