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By David Knopf/Richmond News
A series of events that included elements of enterprise, financial husbandry, disappointment and generosity is soon to put a learning greenhouse in Richmond High School’s future.
In May, Joe Robinson and Adam Brock, the agriculture teachers at the high school, received the school board’s permission to apply for a $25,000 Monsanto grant through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program.
The plan, Robinson and Brock explained, would be to apply the grant toward a construction project that would also be funded by an anticipated $13,000 in matching funds from the state department of education, an estimated $17,000 in community donations and a contribution from the school district.
In all, the project was budgeted at around $55,000 and would provide a hands-on learning facility for students, similar to one that Orrick High School built in 2012.
But Richmond’s AG teachers were disappointed to learn that their application wasn’t chosen in Monsanto’s competitive selection process.