Students will enjoy fresh produce from the classroom thanks to 'Tools for Schools'

November's 'Tools for Schools' recipient wants to bring fresh farm produce into the cafeteria so students can get an up-close look at growing their own food. 

Mike Lawrence of Hamilton/SOTA Elementary is this month's winner. He wants to create a vertical 'flex farm' that would grow plants and vegetables like lettuce, strawberries, herbs, and more during the school year. 

"With our pollution, land usage, water shortages, this is the way a lot of human beings are going to go with small units like this in their homes or in their schools to grow produce," said Lawrence. "The shelf life is a lot longer, less water usage, less land usage, and less pollution as far as transportation."

Kids will be able to experience growing fresh produce using a vertical hydroponics system. Every four to six weeks, Lawrence's students can see the final product of the system's work.

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