By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Josh Evans, agricultural educator at Preston High School, is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Ideas Unlimited Award on Dec. 7 at the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas.
Evans received the award for his design and construction of a greenhouse potting soil worktable that eliminates almost all wasted soil when students are planting seeds or transplanting flowers and vegetables into larger containers.
Evans’ table is four feet wide by four feet long and 32 inches tall. A half-barrel is mounted at each end of the hinged tabletop.
A metal grate on top of the table lets unused soil fall through into a barrel half that is mounted underneath like a drawer, easily sliding out so that all potting media swept off the table can be dumped back into the side mounted media barrels.
These side media barrels are covered with wooden lids, allowing for more table-top workspace and closed storage of the potting media.
“I got the idea for the table when I observed students in our greenhouse planting seed trays and then transplanting those seedlings into larger pots.
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