US (KY): Nixa elementary students using tower garden to help food pantry

A group of Nixa elementary students is helping supply a Christian County food pantry with the aid of innovative farming technology.

On Wednesday a group of fifth-graders gathered at the John Thomas School of Discovery cafeteria for a meal of salad. But it was actually a taste test. “Today when we were tasting the lettuce one little kid came up and said, ‘I grew that! I did that! I’m the father!” said Dr. Nicole McCauley, the Founder of the McCauley Foundation.

In a greenhouse behind the school students have been growing lettuce using tower gardens with the help and support of the McCauley Foundation, who makes agricultural ecosystems for non-profits.

Those tower gardens are long tube-shaped cylinders over six-feet tall with holes along the side for the seeds to be placed and a circular base at the bottom that holds water. Each one of the tower gardens can grow enough food for 250 people and the school is donating its current-and-future produce to the county’s food pantry, Least of These, which distributed almost two million pounds of food this past year. 

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