SE summer agricultural program in action

H. James Mathiowetz
Summer Ag. Intern
(Top) The cooking class made side dishes, to go along with burgers for lunch, and fed the janitorial staff and secretaries at Sleepy Eye Public High School. Pictured from left: Priscilla Martinez, Alexis Garza, Miah Brown, Katelyn Capacia, Jorden Niebuhr, and Morgan Hoffmann. (Left) Sophie Portner made this hanging basket holder in welding class, after learning how to stick and wire feed weld. (Right) Paige Haala attended the Nail and String Art class and made this softball.

The Sleepy Eye summer Agricultural Education program has been busy over the month of June. Beginning on June 8, the first of the four-week courses began. Students had the option of choosing from seven different classes, spanning three career pathways. No more than eight students were in each course and social distancing and cleaning protocols were followed.

There were stand-alone Monday and Wednesday classes, and then classes that occurred twice per week on Tuesday/Thursday, and Wednesday/Friday. Classes on Mondays included Nail and String Art, where students created designs on finished lumber using wire nails and colored string, and Plant Science Basics, where students learned about hydroponics, floriculture, and floral design.

There were several different classes offered on Tuesday/Thursday. Two sections of welding were offered. Students learned the basics of stick and wire feed welding, and then made a small project by welding and using the metal scroll bender and other bending equipment. Additionally, a woodshop class of building yard games was offered. Students built bean bag boards with a ladder golf attachment.

On Wednesdays, a class building CO2 cars was offered. Students built and raced CO2 cars in the woodshop.

One of the Wednesday/Friday classes was a class teaching students how to cook. Students made dishes spanning from breakfast, lunch, appetizers, and dinner, and finished the class with a “chopped” style competition. The other Wednesday/Friday class offered was baking. Here, the students made several different baked items such as cookies, breads, cupcakes, mug desserts, and much more.

Future classes will be held later this summer, including: Pruning 101, Floriculture 101, Fair Food, Drones, Wood Burning Signs, How to Make Homemade Cheese, and more.