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