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Leaders in Learning: Marsing HS students get hands-on lessons in farming
MARSING, Idaho (CBS 2) —
The agriculture classes at Marsing High School are no longer just 'by the book.' This year's lessons are coming to life!
Thanks to a $750 grant from the Idaho CapEd Foundation, the students are getting their hands on new tools that allow them to experiment with the concepts they're learning, rather than just reading about them.
The students are using probes to test soil temperature and composition — helping them understand how different factors affect crop growth.
Many of the students have even been bringing in their own soil to test, so that they can better understand what to plant at home!
"Applying the application makes it a little better than just saying [the] pH in a soil is this," said Nic Usabel, agriculture teacher at Marsing High School. "Where they can bring that soil in and even test their own soil to look at that kind of makes it real life for them."
Whether the students plan to use this knowledge in growing a simple garden or something much larger, like a farm, there's no doubt that it will come in handy living in rural Idaho.
"I got a farm," said RJ Bibbey, an agriculture student. "[It] helps me out quite a bit."