John Marshall FAA Plants on Cockayne

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Horticulture Raised Beds on South Lawn.

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John Marshall Student Planting a Garden.

John Marshall High School FFA students earlier this year received a $3500 renewable "Living to Serve" grant funded by the USDA to plant a community garden on the south lawn of the Cockayne Farmstead. Because a cultural landscape study is not yet complete, the students this year planted the garden above ground.

On Wednesday, State FFA officers from all around the State visited Cockayne to become acquainted with the project they had heard so much about. Nicole Shipman, John Marshall High School FFA and TSA advisor, who wrote the grant application, explained:

"The USDA "Living to Serve" grant is provided to FFA chapters who apply and can provide proof of a community need for a community service project. We chose the garden at the Cockayne house for two reasons: easy access to the school and the students have a hands-on lab for the students to practice and refine their skills. It?s a win win for the farm, school and community.

All the vegetables grown will be donated to charity and used in our family consumer science programs to teach about home canning to youth and the public. I am proud of the commitment our young people make by accepting the living to serve grant challenge and hope they enjoy watching the plants grow and develop as much as I do watching them learn new skills and develop a greater appreciation for agriculture. Without agriculture where would we be?"

A WVU senior in landscape architecture has taken on the Cockayne Farmstead as her senior project - working to create a cultural landscape study that will take into consideration the site?s cultural resources - landscapes, buildings, archaeological sites and collections. The study, which is recommended by the National Park Service for historic properties, should be completed in August When the study is complete, consideration can be given to development of the south lawn in a historic orchard/garden setting. The city and Society hope the public can envision the south lawn planted in heritage trees and gardens with period fencing. That day is coming!


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