Agriculture Department News

October 6, 2014

As part of the on-going GreenSchools grant Lexington Schools received, we are going to be planting dozens of new trees on our properties.  The general consensus among tree experts in the state is that our Ash trees (and we have many on our grounds) are going to be killed by a bug called the Emerald Ash Bore in the near future.  If so, our timing is right on with this grant.  The High School Agriculture students will be leading the effort here, and would like to help any elementary or middle school classes interested in planting trees at their school.

That being said, last week we received ten Bur Oak trees valued at $700.  These are very unique trees.  They are native to Nebraska and described as "big and majestic - tough and reliable".  They can reach a height of 100 feet with a trunk diameter of up to 10 feet!  Trees have been documented up to 400 years old.  They are slow growing.  After 20 years they will only be 20 feet tall.

So why plant them?  Well, to me it's a philosophical lesson for the students, teaching them a few lessons easily lost in our fast paced society.  Below are some interesting thoughts related to this question:

Author, Nelson Henderson said, "The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." 

What does this mean?  There's a depth of meaning that we can bring to our lives when we take action for something greater than ourselves.  Henderson's quote in particular is about doing things in this life that will benefit people far after the time we have passed.

In my mind, there's a personal benefit that we get from doing things that have nothing to do with us.  To some degree there's some truth in the idea that whatever we give, we get back in this world.

A more general question might be, "Is there anything you're doing to make this world a better place for the generations to come?"

The children are the future generations that are going to be the future parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.  Helping them get a more solid foundation and education can literally change the complexion of this world in the centuries to come.

Thanks,

Brad Schott

A BUR OAK RECENTLY PLANTED AT THE HGH SCHOOL

A BUR OAK JUST A FEW YEARS OLD

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