Glade Spring Middle School GATE Visits Research Farm

A man holds out a branch to a girl.On September 19, students in Glade Spring Middle School’s GATE program traveled to the American Chestnut Foundation Research Farm in Meadowview, Virginia.  During the visit, students were led by guide, David Bevins, a former Glade Spring Middle School student.  

He told them about the genetics and backcross ​breeding among different species of trees. Bevins, farm coordinator, taught the students about pollination​ and the laboratory experiments he does on the blight that affects chestnut trees​. The students were able to see trees from different generations, collected chestnuts, and even tasted some, too!  The trip was a great way to learn about trees but also protecting our environmental resources.  Glade Spring Middle School GATE is sponsored by Mrs. Colleen Buchanan and Mrs. Sherry Cannon.

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Amy Karnes