Seven photos of students and teachers in the greenhouse and classroom.

FCS and Ag students share a lesson — and a meal

Penn Manor High School’s Agricultural Education and Family and Consumer Sciences departments recently collaborated on a project that brought two groups of students together to learn from each other.

On April 26, Mindy Rottmund’s Nutrition & Food Sciences students worked with Mary Wurzbach’s Plant Science class to see how plants are grown using hydroponics in the ag department’s greenhouse.

They learned about hydroponics and aquaponics and the advantages and disadvantages of these forms of growing, compared with traditional growing methods.

The two classes harvested basil plants that were used to prepare a basil garlic aioli spread in the high school foods lab. The students then prepared chicken aioli lettuce wraps, using lettuce grown in the greenhouse.

The groups of students then came together on April 28 to share their creations.

“The students learned from each other, and it was fun and educational activity,” said Mrs. Rottmund. “It was a group effort that worked well.”

Kudos to Mrs. Rottmund and Ms. Wurzbach for this creative collaboration.

  • A group of students in the greenhouse.