US (TX): Shadow Creek High student hosting panel discussion on hydroponic farming

A Pearland teenager who believes in healthy eating is on a mission to accelerate the use of hydroponic farming in schools, including through a $22,000 growing system he secured in grant money for Shadow Creek High School, where he is a junior.

Rahul Vijayan, 16, will host a symposium, "Future of Hydroponic Farming in Schools," from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at Shadow Creek, 11850 Broadway, Pearland.

"I believe that once students see a system and have hands-on engagement with the planting that, they will actually adopt these sustainable practices," said Vijayan, who sees his mission as to raise awareness of better nutrition and new sustainable farming methods.

The $22,000 grant for the school's growing system came through Moonflower Farms in South Houston, a commercial vertical hydroponic farm. A $250 grant from the Roots and Shoots program at The Jane Goodall Institute provided the money to purchase 25 small grow kits for schools.


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