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SCVTHS STUDENTS PLANT TREES FOR POLLINATORS

Agricultural Science students at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School (SCVTHS) are doing their part to help the environment by planting trees.

Fifty trees were purchased through a grant from the Bridgewater Garden Club, in response to an application for funds submitted by Agricultural Science instructor Erik Fargo. Two species of trees, redbud and basswood, will be planted around the SCVTHS property well as at Colonial Park in Somerset. Mr. Fargo explained that these trees were chosen because “they're going to support native pollinators” which is the focus of the grant. He added that the “extra layer of incentive behind choosing these species is that both will actually be forage hosts for moths. So that helps support avian wildlife as well.”

Students staked out positions on the perimeter of SCVTHS sports fields and in common areas between buildings at the school. They then prepared the ground, planted, and watered in the young trees. On another day, they will repeat the process at Colonial Park.

Mr. Fargo and the students are thankful to the Bridgewater Garden Club for their support, and are looking forward to watching the trees grow and contribute to the diversity of local habitat.

Photo: (l-r) SCVTHS students Cristy Diaz of Somerset, Christina Perdue of Branchburg, Jacob Masciulli of Branchburg and Roma Batra of Branchburg get ready to plant a basswood sapling.

Photo: (l-r) Agricultural Science students Kara VanDyke of Bridgewater, Cooper Rever of Basking Ridge and Chris Gonzalez of Manville join instructor Erik Fargo for tree planting at the SCVTHS campus.


Los estudiantes de Ciencias Agrícolas de la Escuela Secundaria Técnica y Vocacional del Condado de Somerset (SCVTHS) están haciendo su parte para ayudar al medio ambiente plantando árboles.
Se compraron cincuenta árboles a través de una subvención del Bridgewater Garden Club, en respuesta a una solicitud de fondos presentada por el instructor de Ciencias Agrícolas Erik Fargo. Se plantarán dos especies de árboles, redbud y tilo, alrededor de la propiedad de SCVTHS y en Colonial Park en Somerset. El Sr. Fargo explicó que se eligieron estos árboles porque “van a apoyar a los polinizadores nativos”, que es el objetivo de la subvención. Añadió que “el incentivo adicional detrás de la elección de estas especies es que ambas en realidad serán huéspedes forrajeros para las polillas. Eso también ayuda a sustentar la vida silvestre aviar”.
Los estudiantes tomaron posiciones en el perímetro de los campos deportivos de SCVTHS y en las áreas comunes entre los edificios de la escuela. Luego prepararon el terreno, plantaron y regaron los árboles jóvenes. Otro día repetirán el proceso en el Parque Colonial.
El Sr. Fargo y los estudiantes agradecen al Bridgewater Garden Club por su apoyo y esperan ver crecer los árboles y contribuir a la diversidad del hábitat local.