KMS Agricultural Science program receives grant

KMS Agricultural Science program receives grant
Posted on 11/03/2015
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The Agricultural Science program at Kannapolis Middle School has received a grant from Cabarrus County’s Master Gardeners program. The $250 grant is being used by Kannapolis Middle School to continue developing a mini-farm on its Oakwood Avenue campus.

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Kannapolis Middle School began an Agricultural Science program two years ago. Science teacher, Tim Downing, leads the program. He teaches students the science behind growing food, nurturing plants, and operating a successful food growing operation. Besides being an outstanding teacher (Downing was Kannapolis City Schools’ 2006 Teacher of the Year), he operates his own successful farm, Downing Farms, LLC.


As part of the Agricultural Science program at Kannapolis Middle School, students have planted row crops, built raised plant beds, and constructed low tunnels that allow plants to grow beyond the first frost. Tim Downing says the grant from the Cabarrus County Master Gardeners program allows KMS to buy resources and materials to develop its mini farm. “Thanks to the funding from Master Gardeners and others, KMS has been able to grow fresh vegetables throughout most of the school year. Over 100 students have sampled radishes, fresh salad greens, and kale chips prepared by Kannapolis Middle School’s Culinary Club. We even have been able to donate a small amount of fresh salad greens to a local church.”


This is the second year in a row that the Cabarrus County Master Gardeners program has supported the KMS Agricultural Science program with a $250 grant.

 

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