US (NM): Middle school class designs its own hydroponic prototype

A middle school class is growing their own food inside their classroom. The ‘Smart Farm’ produces hundreds of plants a semester, all in a space about the size of a closet. 

Some things are growing in Mr. Stephen McGuinness’ sixth-grade classroom. Actually, a lot of some things. Basil, peppermint, lettuce, and lots and lots of lettuce.

“This is our Smart Farm prototype. We designed this. This is a vertical farm that maximizes, it optimizes plant growth while saving energy, habitat, farmland, and water,” said McGuinness.

The project is six years in the making, and its aim is to create a solution to growing populations and shrinking habitats. “And it turns out it’s a lot more efficient than we expected. We’ve eliminated the need for herbicides and pesticides. We’re saving a tremendous amount of water,” said McGuinness.

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