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Calhoun High School is looking for help from farmers in order to receI've a grant for their school's horticulture program. A grant that could fund a greenhouse for their students.
For these horticulture students, a greenhouse would give them hands-on skills that would benefit them not only in high school, but for a lifetime.
"If they got a greenhouse, what they can do with that is get real hands on experience with learning the materials," said Calhoun High Agriculture Teacher Jason Hamelwright.
For Hamelwright, their horticulture program is a way for students to learn skill sets to take with them for their future.
"So, I was thinking we have I think about 75 percent of Calhoun County is horticulture based, we do road crop farming. So, I'm thinking okay we need to get some more horticulture programs, and try to support that," said Hamelwright. 
One thing missing from the program is a greenhouse, which Hamelwright says is step one in trying to teach this subject.
"You got to have a green house just to get plants in the ground, and also we got plenty of land on this school, and we can start putting plants in the ground, we can start selling produce, we can start even a farmers market. A lot things could come out of this," said Hamelwright. 
That's why Calhoun County ISD is applying for a 10,000 Monsanto-sponsored Grow Rural Education Grant to fund a greenhouse for this program, but they need the help from local farmers. 
"We need nominations from all counties for Calhoun County ISD in order to get this grant you have to have as many nominations. It's a popularity vote. One is good enough to get us through the door, but to get us actually through the process of winning this grant, we have to get as many nominations as we can get," said Hamelwright. 
Hamelwright says this grant would help give his horticulture students a learning experience they could be passionate about, and he says a greenhouse, could do that.  
"Right now I've got a horticulture class, and unfortunately we don't have the facilities we need to grow and to get the kids hands on learning. I've got a few plants here and there in pots, but getting them outside and in nature in the field so to speak , will really take what the'yre learning in class to work in a real world enviorment.
Farmers who crop a minimum of 250 acres of crop, can nominate Calhoun County ISD for this Grow Rural Education Grant by submitting an online nomination, mail in an entry post card, or by calling 1-877-267-3332. 
Click here to submit an online nomination. 
The deadline for the nomination is April 2, 2018. 
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