In 2007, Jeff Bracken started growing a variety of plants indoors under hydroponic conditions. His school gardening program, since then, has expanded into the use of low tunnels for extending the growing season.
Westerville North High School chemistry teacher Jeff Bracken was recently featured in an online newsletter called 4-H Project Green Teacher, published by The Ohio State University Extension, Franklin County. “He is an amazing resource in this area, and I feel fortunate that he has shared his knowledge and experience with our teachers,” said Sue Hogan, Educator, 4-HG Youth Development.
In the article, Bracken said that in addition to the scientific concepts, successful school gardens require sustained effort from students and teachers. “In our digital world, things are expected to happen immediately. Most traditional science experiments are completed in a 45-minute class period. School gardens can offer a multi-week experience to achieve a unique learning experience.”
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