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Evans’ potting soil work table idea wins award | Preston Citizen

Evans’ potting soil work table idea wins award

August 16, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

A Preston High School FFA ag instructor has received a prestigious award and will be presenting his work at a symposium in Las Vegas, Nev., in December.

Preston High School ag teacher Josh Evans demonstrates his potting soil work table at the high school green house recently. The table eliminates waste when students are planting seeds or transplanting flowers.

Preston High School ag teacher Josh Evans demonstrates his potting soil work table at the high school green house recently. The table eliminates waste when students are planting seeds or transplanting flowers.

Josh Evans, who teaches greenhouse and agricultural science classes, has been selected as the 2013 Region 1 winner of Ideas Unlimited and given an award by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Evans won at the state level in June 2012 and that qualified him for Region 1 competition in Pendleton, Ore., this past spring. He competed against winners from six other states and finished as the regional winner, it was recently announced.

Evans designed and constructed a greenhouse potting soil work table that eliminates almost all wasted soil when students are planting seeds or transplanting flowers and vegetables into larger containers.

A metal grate on top of the table lets unused soil fall through into a holding container underneath. The container slides out from under the grate in two different directions so the soil can be gathered and placed in seed trays or flowerpots.

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