USDA grants $100,000 to Lee County School District for farm-to-school projects

The USDA chose the School District of Lee County as one of its 123 projects across the country to help fund.

According to a press release, the Healthy Living Collaboration will use this grant to expand gardens beyond the 48 schools that currently have one. The plan is that they will increase the number of schools that are able to provide food to their school cafeterias.

Environmental Education Resource teacher, Susie Hassett, explained in more detail how the school district plans to use the grant:

“Our most successful Agriculture Certification Programs at Island Coast High School and East Lee County High School will mentor beginning programs, grow seedlings, and build hydroponic systems for other schools in a ‘train the trainer’ model,” Hassett said. “Our experience has shown that teachers need more than funds, they need hands on support to learn techniques, implement systems and follow procedures to equip them for success.”

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