There was an age in Berlin, Connecticut when teenagers would spend much of their time on the family farm.
“We have a rich tradition of farming and agriculture in Berlin,” said Mary Salerno, supervisor of the Science Department at Berlin H.S.
Those days are long gone, but Berlin high schoolers are remembering their farming roots.
“They get to see things growing again,” said Salerno.
Remnants of the town’s agriculture industry can be found soaking in the sun inside the school’s greenhouse.
“It’s healthy to get your hands in the dirt and plant things,” said Brandon Peate.
The greenhouse also provides the opportunity to learn by “doing”.
“Alot more ability for them to apply what they are doing,” said Salerno.
“This really is hands on learning,” said Peate.
Like fertilizer to soil, it helps absorb the information all the better. There’s a lot of other benefits to the mind.
“It helps de-stress my day,” said Peate.
The experience has been profound enough to lead Rebecca Stanton to a future career.
“When I go to college, I want to do something with environmental science. This is something I’m really interested in,” said Stanton.
Many of the students leave the class with a deeper connection to the world they live in.
“I’ve started to appreciate nature even more,” said Stanton.
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