US (FL): Lee County Schools granted $100k for hybrid farm-to-school project expansion

More farm-to-school projects will be seeing a boom starting soon in Lee County Schools. The Lee County School District is the recent recipient of a special $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s to help fund farm-to-school projects, expanding school gardens to help provide food to their school cafeterias.


"When you grow things hydroponically, it really is the way to go. Especially in the times of global warming and we have a lot of blue-green algae.” At Island Coast High School, a project years in the making is now changing the way students learn.

“We prove sustainability," says Joe Mallon, teacher of Academy of Natural Resources at Island Coast High School. "And we’ve done it, through hydroponics, alternative energy, aquaponics, and aquaculture.”

Students learn hands-on at the school’s Academy of Natural Resources. They learn to build and maintain a hydroponics farm with plants and fish. And just like what they’re producing, the program is growing.

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