Christmas Decorating

We wanted to say THANK YOU to all of our students, staff, and other individuals who helped make decorations and door prizes for the NCIA Christmas Party!  Special thanks to our Horticulture Students who helped decorate a few Norfolk Pines for prizes at the party. We decorated these happy Norfolk Pine trees and everyone loved the outcome!  So, we took a few pictures by our “Horticulture Christmas Trees!”  These were given out at the Holiday Christmas Party as prizes, decorations and all! ($50 value). How Continue reading →

Leaf Rubbings!

Yesterday was a fun day in Horticulture class.  It all started with a little fresh air, picking leaves… We all walked the grounds around our mini “farm” and picked up a few leaves for our craft.  Then we came inside and started our leaf rubbings!  With a few crayons, some paper, and a variety of leaves, we made some beautiful pieces of art! We used bright colors and light colors, maple leaves and oak leaves, we even made some framed pieces! I think we all Continue reading →

Seed Germination

Yesterday students learned about seed germination!  And what better way to discover the best condition for sprouting than to perform a little scientific experiment?  Each student placed several different types of beans on their tray and each tray will be exposed to a different environment, varying in sunlight, temperature, etc.    Can you guess what external and internal factors affect seed germination? Stay tuned for the outcome.  Chances are, while we wait, students will be able to predict the best circumstances to promote germination from Continue reading →

Flower Power

The YIT School Farm had a good run with our marigolds until the frost came!  However, we still have plenty of these beautiful autumn orange calendula flowers blooming in our greenhouse. It has been said that flowers have a positive emotional impact on people.  Scroll through the pictures, what do you think? Lots of smiles.  Now that’s flower power! Students enjoy picking the flowers and making pretty floral arrangements for our farmers’ markets.  Don’t miss out on our sale next week! With the upcoming “cold Continue reading →

The YIT School Farm in the NEWS!

Last Friday our company, The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) was featured on ABC news.  What’s more, our humble Youth In Transition School Farm was part of the feature! We truly work hard to touch student’s lives and create an environment where they can learn about horticulture, farming, healthy living, etc. and it was very special to see some of those areas highlighted in this heartwarming news story. Please click HERE to view the feature story and please see below for some “behind Continue reading →