Northside High School Cuts Ribbon on New Farm | Arts & Culture
WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce joined with Northside High School and the Houston County Board of Education to cut the ribbon for the NHS farm, complete with large barn and livestock. The farm was on display on August 20th and presented as a new addition to Northside’s Agriculture Program.
Located at 603 Elberta Road, the farm sits on 32 acres of land a short distance from school campus. The farm enables students to receive hands-on experience in forestry and horticulture and also have the opportunity to work with goats, hogs and cows. Ryan Talton and Virgil Blalock are Northside High’s agriculture education teachers.
“The barn project really started taking shape the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year,” said David McDermott, assistant principal and Career, Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) Supervisor. McDermott, Dr. Barbara Wall, Director of CTAE and the Agriculture Education teachers sat down and mapped out a plan.
“We started building the barn very soon after the students arrived,” said McDermott. “Our agriculture education students built well over 95 percent of the barn.”
Perry High School FFA Advisors, Dr. Phil Gentry and Phillip Gentry, brought several of their students over to help get the project started as well. The farm has allowed Northside students the opportunity to get involved in animal science and livestock shows.
“Our first show team had eleven members,” says McDermott. “Additionally, the NHS farm is one of only eight production school farms in the entire state of Georgia. We are really proud of this distinction.”
Northside High is located at 926 Green Street in Warner Robins. Dr. Greg Peavy serves as principal. For more information, contact McDermott at 478-929-7858 or David.McDermott@hcbe.net.
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