While much of the focus is on the large-scale vegetable garden Glencliff’s garden club students are building, the school’s Health Sciences Academy students started a tree nursery earlier this month.
The school received a sponsorship from the pro-Earth, eco-charity SoundForest.org to plant 300 trees in the new nursery.
“We let our sophomores plant these trees with the idea that in a few years they can keep some to plant at their homes or in a park or somewhere that they would like to plant a tree, and some of them are reserved to reseed the nursery,” said biology teacher Hank Cardwell.
Students planted 150 trees, including bald cypress, Virginia pine and several varieties of oak trees earlier this month. Plans call for planting another 150 trees next spring.
“We’re going to max out at about 300 trees total, and then hopefully it can be a sustainable thing where we can sell these three-year-old trees and reseed the nursery,” he said. “We want to have this as a project for our sophomore HSA students every year.”
The plan calls for students to sell their first trees in 2011-2012 school year.