A mutual friend recommended Castleford because of its strong agricultural program
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Nampa, ID (Vocus) October 29, 2010
Castleford High School students will join Hagerman High School to conduct research on all-natural fertilizer and related vegetable gardening products in conjunction with industry executives.
They are two of the first three schools in the nation selected to work with Dr. JimZ Secret Formula all-natural fertilizers and related gardening products.
“A mutual friend recommended Castleford because of its strong agricultural program,” said Jos Zamzow, vice president of TerraLife, Inc., which distributes the Dr. JimZ line of natural fertilizers and related products.
Dr. JimZ, based in Nampa, has been making all-natural fertilizers and animal feed for four generations.
Dr. JimZ first began working with schools two years ago when it offered fertilizers and related gardening products to the Hagerman High School greenhouse in Hagerman, Idaho. The company asked students to keep records and share results both with the company and with their families and friends on an Internet blog.
“We always hear about NASCAR drivers or athletes who have sponsors,” Zamzow said. “We see companies sponsoring football scoreboards at high schools. But I had never heard of anybody sponsoring a gardener who grows prize vegetables or sponsoring a class.
“Hagerman High has an outstanding agriculture teacher who already had formed an alliance with the University of Idaho’s fish research programs. We have been so pleased with the results at Hagerman that we are expanding the program.”
“Students always learn more from hands-on experiments than from books,” said Daniel Knapp, Hagerman agricultural teacher. “With the cutbacks in school funding these days, we need ways to support our agriculture and aquaculture classes. The products provide good lessons on the latest technology, and the increase in vegetable gardening yield from the Dr. JimZ Secret Formula fertilizer and other products helps our profits from the greenhouse as well.”
Castleford High has 87 students, 70 of whom are FFA members. There are very few students who are not tied to agriculture in some way, said teacher Denise Mavencamp, and almost all students in Grades 8-12 take an agricultural education class. Hagerman High also serves a rural community.
Castlemont began the program by washing all of its plants with Dr. JimZ Secret Formula Plant Wash and giving two-thirds of its poinsettias Bloom KaBoom!
Also participating for the first time year is Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School a boarding/day, college-preparatory school in the Georgia mountains. Rabun Gap is working with marigolds.
Though each school is located in a rural community, they serve diverse populations. In fact, by incorporating Rabun Gap, this effort includes students from 17 states and 15 countries.
“The schools and their communities share a common interest in gardening and sustainable practices,” Zamzow said. “We anticipate that the students’ lives will become richer from working on a common project with people from very different backgrounds.”
The Dr. JimZ program currently has openings for several more public or private schools this year. Interested teachers should contact Jo Murray, Dr. JimZ school program coordinator, at 208-726-5869 or jo(at)jomurray(dot)com.
Donated products include Save-a-Tree fertilizer, Dr. JimZ’s flagship product, an all-natural fertilizer that is good for trees, vegetables, flowers and shrubs; Plant Wash, which spurs photosynthesis and plant growth by keeping leaves clean; and Bloom Kaboom! ,which increases the blooms on flowering plants. Once classes achieve a following on a blog or a social media site such as Facebook, they will receive CCF, or concentrated compost factor, which includes the recently discovered ingredient that triggers plants growth.
Additional information is available about Dr. JimZ at drjimz.com. Manufacturing facilities are in Des Moines as well as Nampa.
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