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AppHarvest Foundation brings big business opportunities to the classroom

Current donates $10,000 to help educate tomorrow’s farmers

Current has donated $10,000 to the AppHarvest Foundation to support the AgTech Education Program. The program introduces high school students to CEA opportunities that will grow tomorrow’s farmers and futurists by teaching entrepreneurship and high-tech indoor agriculture.

“This program brings agricultural practices into Central Appalachia classrooms, providing students a head start into one of the fastest-growing industries,” said Bruno D’Amico, Director for Current’s Arize brand of horticulture lighting solutions.“ As a manufacturer that studies the science of grow lighting, we are proud to accelerate technology’s role in elevating CEA to new heights, starting with the people who will cultivate tomorrow’s bigger, better crops.”

Where fresh food is scarce, negative health outcomes can result. To tackle these issues, a direct approach to preparing upcoming generations with tools to address the need is paramount. The AppHarvest Foundation aims to introduce STEM themes in a hands-on environment and address food insecurity across Appalachia by providing educational opportunities for Kentucky students.

Through the AgTech education program, schools and partners in Central Appalachia are paired with training and set up with a high-tech hydroponic environment to provide the infrastructure to grow fresh food in place and for the community. AppHarvest also uses Current’s LED grow lights to benefit its own indoor farms that can yield up to 30 times that of traditional agriculture on the same amount of land.

“The AppHarvest Foundation and partners like Current are feeding the future from the heart of Appalachia through innovative, community-led initiatives like the AgTech Education Program,” said AppHarvest Foundation Director and AppHarvest Vice President of Community Outreach Amy Samples. “Through this program, student farmers grow food and apply skills they are learning in these farm classrooms to sustainably grow fruits and vegetables in a way that is good for people and the planet.”

With its Arize brand of horticulture lighting and control options, Current is challenging growers to rise above old limits to commercial-scale indoor farming and embrace never-before-possible methods for increased yields. Donating to the AppHarvest Foundation is one way Current can help ensure that enthusiasm for CEA development matches the growing demand ahead.

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