Highpoint’s Horticulture Program Offers Vocational Skills to Adolescent Boys

Hillcrest Educational Foundation

Every day, kids at Hillcrest’s Highpoint campus step away from their desks to get their hands dirty. Gardening is a part of their regular curriculum. It’s an opportunity to get out of the classroom and work with their hands, which is particularly helpful to students who are hands-on learners.

Student Zach and teacher, Mr. George Inman, plant flowers

The horticulture program runs year round. In the warmer weather, staff and students focus on the garden. In the colder months, they take their work indoors inside the greenhouse. Starting in June, they sell their crops to Hillcrest employees through their farm stand.

George Inman, Highpoint’s greenhouse teacher, tailors the programming to meet the students’ needs. “They learn a number of skills,” George says. “When we’re in the greenhouse, I’m teaching hands-on horticulture. It can be anything from potting a plant for students with emerging skills to more complex skills like splitting…

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