It took a student to plant a seed to flower a need for innovation.
Five years ago, Boiling Springs High School didn’t offer an agriculture internship. The program is thriving with four hydroponic vertical garden systems producing a harvest of herbs, lettuce and other vegetables.

“We grow everything in the center of the building in my classroom,” Career Coordinator Amber Stewart said. “Agriculture and farming is kind of a lost art. Learning how to grow your own food and make a business out of it, I have a huge interest in that.”

Working mostly with seniors, she coordinates internships, job shadowing and cooperative work experience programs that offer students a real-world perspective on the best way to invest their time, energy and money after graduation.

“Getting them started on a career path they’re interested in is just priceless,” she said. “So many students are lost. They don’t know what they want to do. Hopefully, it can make the decision easier. I tell them that even if you decide this is not a career for you, that’s still a success. “About five years ago, a student came to me for a work placement internship in the agriculture field,” Stewart said. “I didn’t have any at the time.”

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