Plant Sciences


| Share

Students Conduct Service Learning Projects in Plant Sciences 312

Ed & Brenda Deckard lead the PLSC 312 class
Ed & Brenda Deckard lead the PLSC 312 class
Service Learning is the cornerstone of Plant Sciences 312.

June 9, 2015

PLSC 312: Expanding the Boundaries of Learning with Service

Plant Sciences 312 is taught by Ed and Brenda Deckard and uses service learning and reflective writings to build on the speaking, writing, interpersonal and team skills, and citizenship of Crop and Weed Sciences students.  Sixty-five students enrolled in the course this spring.

The service projects the students are doing this year are:

  • Planting a garden with 4th grade students at Bennett Elementary School in Fargo. In addition to 4th grade teachers, this group is assisted by Jack Wood from Growing Together, Esther McGinnis and several community Master Gardeners.  McGinnis is the North Dakota State University Extension Master Gardener Coordinator/Horticulture Specialist and a Plant Sciences Assistant Professor. This project provides an opportunity for hands-on learning about plant and food sciences from seed to seedling to harvested edible product.
  • Working at the Red River Valley Farm in the Dell garden helping young adults with disabilities plant and maintain a community garden. Farm in the Dell is a national organization that houses individuals with disabilities on working farms and helps establish new farm locations such as a planned home in the Red River Valley. This group is assisted by Vince Ulstad, a former Plant Sciences graduate, who works with Farm in the Dell.
  • Assisting Bethany Retirement Center residents with agricultural backgrounds by holding important conversations around agriculture then and today, touring Plant Sciences at NDSU (including the new greenhouse complex), and planting plants for their home at Bethany. This group is assisted by Jessica Hanson, Director of Community Life at Bethany Retirement Center.
  • Developing and sharing resources through high school visits to help agriculture-minded high school students understand opportunities for higher education and careers in agriculture, especially the plant sciences. This group is assisted by Tony Boehm at Richland 44 High School.

View photos of the projects on Facebook. (no login required)

Source: Edward Deckard (, 701-231-8139)
Author: Karen Hertsgaard (, 701-231-5384)
Editor: Kamie Beeson (, 701-231-7123)

Creative Commons License
Feel free to use and share this content, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license and our Rules for Use. Thanks.