The agriculture program at Woodland High School received a boost this week — one that is years in the making. “This is a prideful night for me,” Eric Dyer said, clutching a charred two-by-four. The piece of wood is all that’s left of the old greenhouse that burned down years ago, but from those ashes rose a new greenhouse that was celebrated Thursday night.
Dyer, a longtime ag instructor at Woodland High, explained some of the challenges he and others faced in making the new greenhouse a reality. The old greenhouse was deemed inefficient and a few years later a fire burned down most of the building.
Knowing the Woodland School District was not in a position to pay for a new greenhouse then, Dyer and colleague Jerry Delsol rolled up their sleeves and said “let’s get after it.” They have been writing grant applications for the project since 2014.