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By Kayla Malone

Chelsea FFA Reporter

GROW is the National FFA theme this year. With the overwhelming generosity of the Pattison Family, that is just what the Chelsea FFA will be able to do in their brand-new greenhouse. The dedication was held Nov. 3, 2012, with members of the Pattison family, FFA members, parents, Howard Hill, and Travis and Karri Jinkens present.

In December 2010, the Chelsea, Okla., FFA was given a very large donation to go toward the agriculture education program. Not having a greenhouse made the horticulture class less hands-on and harder to comprehend. Because Divina and Helen Pattison were avid agriculturalists, raising Hereford cattle, chickens, ducks, and guineas as well as planting large gardens to produce food for the winter months, their heirs thought the best place to remember their family members would be to help the agriculture department. In the early discussions with Hill, Chelsea High School principal, the family decided to help the Chelsea Agriculture Program with a donation to go toward a greenhouse. Students will now be able to learn many hands-on techniques about many different types of plants and flowers.

The uses for the greenhouse are limitless. The Ag Ed program plans on growing certain flowers, bedding plants, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, and taking cuttings. The FFA chapter plans on having a plant sale in the spring with funds going back into the greenhouse program as well as money for the chapter. Once a growing program has been established, the Ag Ed Program could try different aspects of using a greenhouse to its entirety. One option would be to grow vegetables year round to use and sell. Hydroponics could also be a growing method used in the greenhouse. This is using water as a growing media. This water could be a recycled product from an Aquaculture project. The greenhouse could be used to house the tilapia tanks. The tilapia would be harvested and sold or used in a chapter fish fry. There are many benefits that can come from the donation of the funds for the Chelsea Agriculture Education Program Teaching Greenhouse. The Chelsea FFA is sincerely thankful for the members of the Pattison Family to help the Agriculture Education program "GROW" in the future.

Date: 3/11/2013


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