PCHS agriculture students plant trees at Polk Central

Published 4:01 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2011

PCHS ag students Jordan Geer (left), Jenna McInerney, Samantha Metcalf, Autumn Miller and Katie Ruff place the final layer of soil around a newly transplanted serviceberry tree at Polk Central Elementary School. (photo submitted by Chauncey Barber)

Students from the Polk County High School Agriculture Program have been busy. They recently planted 22 large field grown trees that were donated to Polk Central Elementary School to be planted on the school grounds. These trees ranged in size from 250 to 450 pounds per tree.
“We had a great team effort from all of our agriculture students,” said Chauncey Barber, teacher in the local agriculture program. “Everyone had a part in getting the trees in the ground. Hopefully in ten years the school will have a park-like setting due to their hard work.”
The trees transplanted at Polk Central included red maples, elms, dogwoods, “Green Giant” arborvitaes, serviceberries and redbuds.
In addition to Barber and his PCHS students, volunteer Christel Walter and Polk County Extension Director John Vining were involved in the tree project.
– article submitted by Chauncey Barber