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Greeley-area high schools revamp farming programs to attract more students after years of low enrollment – The Denver Post

A student grabs onto one of the tiny germinating plants on Wednesday in the greenhouse at Windsor High School, 1100 Main St. Nationally the FFA program, as of their last count, has almost 700,000 members.

Joshua Polson, The Greeley Tribune

A student grabs onto one of the tiny germinating plants on Wednesday in the greenhouse at Windsor High School, 1100 Main St. Nationally the FFA program, as of their last count, has almost 700,000 members.

As Windsor High School students waited for their lesson to start in the school’s greenhouse, some of the 14 students surrounded a line of hanging plants, removing the flower buds so those same pots will fill with even more flowers in the future.

Once the lesson got started, the students split up to transplant some of the plants they were growing for class. The plants will be sold in May for the chapter’s annual fundraiser.

They pinched the plastic bottoms of the 72 sections of just-sprouted plants and moved them into new plastic containers to allow for more growth. There was little room to add more storage containers, as almost all the table surfaces were filled with growing plants.

The past few years there have been a limited number of plants, but now there should be a lot more this year since the greenhouse opened.

Even just a few years ago, Windsor students would not have had the chance to spend time in a greenhouse, at least not under the direction of the FFA, formerly called the Future Farmers of America.

There was no interest, and as a result, Windsor killed the program. But now there are more than 300 students in the school’s FFA program. It’s one of the largest in the state.

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