Calling it a “complex project,” Bald Eagle Area High School agriculture teacher and FFA adviser Todd Biddle said 15 students have been preparing for the past six weeks to compete at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
They have been working in collaboration with students in teacher Kathy Gee’s engineering class to make model homes and property that fit three categories of the miniature landscaping competition: backyard barbecue, hardscape and cottage. The engineering students have made the model homes, while students in the horticulture class have assembled the landscape.
This year’s PA Farm Show will be held from Jan 4-12. The BEA students will be judged on their creations during the first day of the event.
“While it looks like a box full of soil, it’s way more than that,” Biddle said. “The houses aren’t sitting on soil, they’re sitting on foundation. It’s a relatively complex project in that way, as I like to run it like an actual business.”
The students are tasked with extensive research, completing cost sheets, designing their home and landscape, and building the structure.