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WCHS receives hydroponic grant
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Warren County High School students could soon be eating fresh vegetables raised on campus thanks to a grant from Farm Credit aimed at setting up a hydroponics garden.
“Hopefully by Christmas time we can start providing lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers to the lunch room from the hydroponics garden,” said agriculture teacher Danielle Smith, noting hydroponics is the growing of plants without soil, instead using water and nutrients.
The hydroponics idea started to take root when Farm Credit granted the school $7,000 to use in its Agriculture Department.
“We wanted to do what we could to help the department,” said Farm Credit employee and School Board member Scott Holmes who presented the school with the check along with fellow Farm Credit employee Kristin Mackie.
According to Smith, the first part of the grant will be used to put a cooling system in the greenhouse to allow growing year round. Presently the greenhouse is too hot during the extreme summer months and would get too cold during the height of winter.
It will be in the climate-controlled area that the hydroponics garden will be raised. Along with raising food for the school, Smith said it will also afford her an opportunity to teach students about hydroponics gardening.
“It opens us up to an entirely different field our students might not otherwise be exposed to,” Smith said.