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Pumpkins harvested at Wayne County School Garden

Pumpkins surrounding a tree

    It was a record breaking year for pumpkins harvested in the school garden with a crop of  over 4,000 grown. Thanks to the UK Cooperative Extension Service and the Wayne County High School Agriculture classes, who deliberately planned to make sure all the preschool through fifth graders received a pumpkin. There were three kinds grown this year which included: ,Blanco, Field Trip and Cannonball.

    "After all the student needs were met, the public library and some other deserving groups were taken care of. This left several pumpkins on hand," said Extension Agent Specialist Terry Bertram.

    Agriculture Teacher Justin Horton worked a deal out to sell the remaining white pumpkins to a local vendor to benefit the high school Future Farmer's of America (FFA) Chapter. The remaining orange pumpkins were loaded onto a truck and trailer donated by a friend to the FFA program. The friend then transported the pumpkins to a farm products absolute auction site in Lincoln County. The proceeds also went to the local chapter to help fund planned trips and or other activities.

WCHS Agriculture students made an assembly line to load a wagon filled with Blanco pumpkins they were taking to the elementary schools.

Getting ready to transport the pumpkins (above and below)

Myles Gregory, Kason Stockton, Alex Antoine, McKenzie Gregory, Chelsea Sisco

Bell Elementary Students receive pumpkins

Bell Elementary students were happy to receive their pumpkins (above and below)

Walker Early Learning Center students receive pumpkins

Extension Service Ag Specialist Terry Bertram teaches children about the growth of a pumpkin plant.

Pumpkins were distributed to preschoolers and kindergartners 

WCHS student Cameron Hutton with Walker Early Learning Center student Corbin Dobbs

Preschoolers Virginia Sullivan, Marshall Glover, Maeson Branscum with their pumpkins

Terry Bertram had fun seeing how delighted students Sophia Rua and Oliver Atkinson and their classmates were to receive their very own pumpkin.

Terry Bertram points out the steam of the pumpkin that Porter Brake received

Plant science lesson

Ryver Ramsey passed the open pumpkin to classmates Macey Alley and Cooper Gregory

Charlye Rice passed along an open pumpkin for classmates Amber Phillips, and Colter Rains to examine

Preschooler B.J. Sullivan examines the pumpkin on the vine

Dylan Eaton and Issac Coy check out a bumble bee in a bottle, where they learn that honey bees are essential to the balance of nature.

Jordan Davis got some help from FFA Freshman Mary Ann Jones

Harper White and FFA member Sierra Stevenson

WCHS JAG student Tagan Miller with Bralei Walton, and WCHS Agriculture student Mackensie Bone with Talon Roberts


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