Spencer Yaple has always had a green thumb and he enjoys gardening with his family.
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“We’ve always gardened,” said Yaple, who gardened with his mother, Shawna. “We’ve always had a garden.”
Yaple utilized his gardening talents to earn his Eagle Scout rank by building a greenhouse at Gold Oak Elementary School in Placerville. The recent Union Mine High School graduate is a member of Boy Scout Troop 858 in Pleasant Valley. His sisters, Halley and Claire, attend the elementary school.
“The school just had some work done on it and they just put a garden together,” Yaple said. “I thought a green house would be pretty cool. It would be something that they can get a lot of use out of.”
Yaple and his father, Greg, planned the green house project on paper. Then the Yaple family: Spencer’s brother Bryce, a sophomore at Union Mine, plus friends and fellow Boy Scouts built the greenhouse.
“I built it pretty quick,” Yaple said.
The greenhouse is 10 feet by 10 feet with an angled roof with its highest point 15 feet. Plants growing in the greenhouse are an assortment of sunflowers, tomatoes and vegetables.
“They’ve put it to good use,” said Yaple, referring to Gold Oak Elementary School officials.
Yaple raised approximately $1,500 for the greenhouse project that included a $500 check from the elementary school’s Parent Club, a $250 check from Waste Management and many donations from county businesses.
Yaple joined the Boy Scouts when he turned 14. Prior to that he was in the Weblo and Cub scouts.
Currently working for a farming business in the county, Yaple’s future plans are to go on a two-year mission through his church and attend college after he returns.
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