Agricultural education doesn't happen only on school-owned soil for Carroll County students.
In classes and through Future Farmers of America chapters, students cooperate in dozens of community projects, said Joe Linthicum, agriculture teacher at Francis Scott Key High School.
"Cooperation is one of the aims we strive for," Mr. Linthicum said. "The more help you get, the easier it gets done."
The work also can give the students contacts with community bTC leaders and business people who could help them later in their careers, he said.
His students in crop science and horticulture recently transplanted flowers into 26 hanging baskets that will line Main Street in Westminster.
The Carroll Garden Club provided the plants and baskets. The students lined the baskets with Spanish moss and filled them with potting soil. Friday, they transplanted the plants, such as coreopsis, salvia and snapdragons. They will hang the baskets along Main Street on May 28.
The same students also grew more than 700 impatiens for the Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Department to distribute at its Mothers' Day breakfast.
"It gives the school a good name," said junior Craig Bowers, and is a nice thing to do for the mothers, especially those who don't have family near.