FRESH from the Greenhouse

at Millville Senior High School

We Are All Growing

A few days after my first year as a science teacher at Millville Senior High came to a close in June, I got a phone call that set this entire greenhouse project in motion. Channeling my inner Tina Fey ("Say yes and figure it out later."), I said, "Sure, I'll get the greenhouse up and running." About two minutes after I hung up the phone I suddenly realized a few things.

  • I had never been inside the MSHS greenhouse - or any other "real" greenhouse before.
  • I did NOT have a green thumb - in fact, I was known for (gasp) nurturing plants to DEATH.
  • The only thing I had ever grown from a seed was likely a kidney bean in elementary school.

Once the major panic subsided, I decided I could accomplish anything I set my mind to and I began to pin everything I could find on Pinterest about growing plants in the greenhouse - because Pinterest always gives me that "you can do that too" feeling. Then I visited the greenhouse and saw what was ahead if the endeavor I agreed to was going to be a successful one.

Enter the Team Thursday Project. Team Thursday Projects were introduced with the idea of staff members teaming up to work on a project in which they had an interest. I couldn't have asked for better luck! That night I went home and thought of what needed to be done and the very next day I began to talk to ANYONE who would listen to "sell" the Greenhouse Team Thursday Project. The word "sell" up in that sentence before this one and anywhere after, really means beg, but I wasn't ashamed because I had NO CLUE how to begin. By the end of the first day of "selling" the project, I had a few new teammates. The number grew and honestly, without my colleagues' assistance and encouragement, none of this would be possible.

On February 11, 2015, my Environmental Science students planted our first seeds and the actual growing began. Truth be told, growing started the minute I said yes to the project. I have never been afraid to take on a challenge because I truly believe that when you tackle something you've never done before, knowing very well you may fail miserably before you experience success, you learn and grow exponentially. Say YES. Figure it out as you go along. KEEP GROWING.

What's Growing On...

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The Fantastic Female Farmers

The three girls above (L-R: Trish, McKenzie, and Kelsey) said, "Sure, we can plant the "salad bowl." They had never done anything like that before and their YES led to a bountiful first harvest.
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Eight Days After Planting



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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme...

We will have 14 varieties of culinary herbs for sale around Mother's Day.

Italian Parsley, Curly Parsley, Common Sage, Dill, Chives, Cilantro, Spearmint, Oregano, Sweet Basil, Lime Basil, Thyme, Tarragon, as well as Rosemary and Lavender, two that are VERY difficult to grow from seed, so keep your fingers crossed that these babies grow.

Keep in touch and we will let you know about availability and pricing as soon as they are ready to sell. Proceeds from the sale of the plants will go to fund Science Department Scholarships. If you know what herbs and what quantities you want, drop us a note and we will do our best to accommodate without taking orders (because we are so not there yet!).