At the initiative of the 'Learning to Eat Young Groningen' incentive program, five primary schools in the province will start growing vertical with Tower Garden for a year from January onwards.
With the so-called 'tower garden' children of all ages can grow vegetables all year round to provide all students with cultivated fruit and vegetables. With the experiment, students and teachers can gain experience with hydroponic farming. Teaching material will be developed on the basis of the experiences, so that more schools, childcare centers and BSOs can get started with this kind of farming in the future.
Schools participating in the experiment are primary school De Getijen in Pieterburen, primary school St. Franciscus in Groningen, primary school De Molenberg in Grootegast, CBS De Ster in Harkstede and CBS De Wegwijzer in Bellingwolde. All these schools are already active in vegetable gardening. Since there's very little to do in the vegetable garden during the winter months, the tower garden offers a solution for them. In addition, this school likes to lead the way with this innovative way of vegetable gardening.
The American Tower Garden was brought to the Netherlands in 2017 by Suzanne Broers. In 2020, Suzanne introduced the vertical garden in primary education and childcare with her company 'Vertical Vegetable Gardening'. With this pilot, Young Learning to Eat Groningen is now also committed to the further development of this innovative breeding method in education.
Source: Westerwold Actueel
For more information:
Suzanne Broers, Founder