American school gets funding to build hydroponic classroom farm

Students at the Bruce Randolph School will be able to grow and eat veggies inside a hydroponic classroom farm thanks to money generated from a sale tax increase voters approved two years ago.

Sanchez said the district is designing the farm’s layout. The school wants the indoor farm to be completed by the fall. Students will be able to grow vegetables like lettuce, arugula, chard and bok choy inside the farm, as well as herbs, cucumbers and peppers. The students will also help install the equipment for the farm and learn how it works.

Students will also learn about advocacy. Sanchez said the district is partnering with Teens for Food Justice, a New York-based nonprofit that specializes in healthy food access, so students can learn more about equitable access to food.

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