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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