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The ccntral division is the barnyard. Three of the other fields
are sown to oats, wheat and alfalfa, while a fourth is used for a mea dow and an orchard. One of the remaining fields is planted in corn and the first year, before the barn is erected, the barnyard is plant ed in potatoes. The remaining two divisions are used for a garden in which are grown a dozen or more standard garden vegetables. The pupils study the soil, the selection and testing of seeds and sow, plant, cultivate, and improve their model farms just as a modern up to-date farmer is expected to do. All the literary and class room work of school can be correlated with the manual training and industrial work of these model farms. During the winter shop work both boys and girls construct fences, gates, hen houses, barns and other outbuildings, and plan and build cottages for their respective farms. The plans, specifications and bills of materials are first carefully worked out and studied and are modeled after those of the department of agriculture. The buildings are constructed on a scale of one inch to the foot and working plans and drawings are carefully prepared in the class room and con sistently followed in the work shop. IMPROVEMENTS UP-TO-DATE. After the crops and gardens are in good growing condition, the improvements are properly installed. Excavations are dug, forms made and concrete basement and foundations for the cottages are prepared. The pupils are given practical instruction in the use of rock, sand and cement and this knowledge is applied in constructing walks for their yard and driveways leading to the barn. The walk from the front gate to the cottage is daintily boardered with ap propriate flowers. In assembling the improvements on the farmstead they are arranged with due regard to utility and the principles of artistic architecture. The cottage forms the principal object in the foreground while the barn constitutes the main one in the background. The other buildings are arranged in harmony with this and each other. In painting the buildings due regard is had to a harmonious de- 6.