BAYARD — Students participating in Agricultural Education and FFA at Bayard Public Schools will have new opportunities to learn about

agriculture and greenhouse production technology, thanks in part to a $5,000 grant award from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation.

The greenhouse will provide a variety of educational opportunities and the opportunity for students to complete supervised agricultural experiences through the FFA and agricultural education programs. This project is planned in alignment with the Bayard Public Schools Strategic Planning efforts to provide effective college/career preparation to support the long-term success of all students.

The greenhouse project is anticipated to provide significant learning opportunities for students.

Bayard FFA Chapter Advisory and Agriculture Education Teacher, Justin Rafferty said, “This greenhouse is something that our school has wanted for

a long time. This will give real hands on experience and further expand the Ag education program at Bayard Public Schools. We appreciate the foundation’s contribution and their willingness to support local education.”

Rafferty’s enthusiasm was shared by Bayard Jr./Sr. High School Principal, Mrs.

Kelley Rice.

“This is fantastic news. I’m excited to see the expansion of Ag education as well as community partnerships.”

According to Superintendent of Schools, Travis Miller, “Bayard is an agricultural community, but many of the students attending our school do not live on a farm and have a need for hands-on learning experiences in agricultural education.”

“Students from farm families would also like to learn more about the potential for greenhouse production of agricultural products. This project will meet the need for additional learning for students from a variety of backgrounds as we prepare a future generation of graduates capable of addressing the challenges of feeding a growing world population. This grant from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation is an important investment in the future of our community and an investment in the future of agriculture.”

Bayard Public Schools has been actively seeking partnerships and grant opportunities to help raise the funds necessary to complete this greenhouse project. In addition to the grant from Oregon Trail Community Foundation, the project has received support and commitments from WESTCO, City of Bayard Keno Fund, Eric Reichert Construction, Kelley Bean and Simplot.

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