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Forsyth Industrial Systems is growing... a garden!

FIS veg garden-smallForsyth Industrial Systems is growing in more ways than one.  The Forsyth Technical College Compensatory Education class has started their own garden under the instruction of the Comp. Ed. Instructor, Sade Aiken, and a few staff (Star Tom, Patty Temples, and Betty Smith) who garden as a past time or hobby.

The classroom students and others at FIS interest in gardening has sparked as well.  Recently, the students pulled their first squash from the garden, and learned if they grow it, they get to eat it.  After picking their squash they learned how to prepare fried squash.  It was rather tasty.

Other items in the garden include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and watermelon.  The production of the garden is teaching students numerous skills, such as responsibility, socialization, teamwork, leisure choices, and about nature and agriculture.

Also FIS' Unique Seniors have taken on a project of their own.  Last winter, a tree that was right in front of the entrance to FIS was removed leaving an empty, dull, unattractive void.  Ann Haynes, our dedicated liaison from the Parks and Recreation Department who has dedicated her time and talents to supporting FIS elder population, created the idea of the Unique Seniors planting marigolds in that area.  The space started out with just a flowers, but the group, along with instructor Cheryl Cole decided to add more flavor by making butterflies, and adding artificial birds.  The group is very dedicated to the upkeep of their area and they water it daily.  It is an eye catcher to all that enter FIS.

- Sharon Burns





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