Although he's still in high school, Bradley Hall knows a great deal about running a greenhouse.
Hall, a student at both Rising Sun High and Cecil School of Technology's Natural Resources program, is working in the school's greenhouse this Christmas season.
There is a sea of poinsettias to be tended and rows of hanging baskets to be watered. He and his classmates will also be making grave blankets, wreaths, and fresh flower arrangements.
Selling from the greenhouse is providing students with a valuable education.
Natural Resources teacher Jeremy Sedgwick explained that students learn how to deal with customers. They handle transactions, answer questions from customers, collect cash and give change, write receipts, and help get items to customer vehicles. The students also grew the plants from cuttings. They are also studying hydroponics, growing plants without soil.
Some of what the students grow come by way of this method.
Items vary in price. Six-inch pots of poinsettias cost $3 each. There are a variety of pots from which to choose.
The school also has homegrown popcorn for sale. You can buy the unpopped kernels by the bag. It comes with instructions. They also sell the pop it on the cob variety. Sedgwick said the students learned where popcorn comes from. They grew and harvested sunflower seeds which are also for sale.
Sedgwick said the soil at the new school location is far better than at the former school in Bay View. "All of our plants do better here. It's better soil," said Sedgwick.
Cecil School of Technology is located at 912 Appleton Road, Elkton. The greenhouse is open on school days from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. until December 22. Cash and checks are accepted.