US (AL): Local farmers give Coosa Christian students hands-on experience in hydroponics

Coosa Christian School has partnered with Gardens on Air to give its students the opportunity to experience hydroponics — growing plants in nutrient-enhanced water instead of soil. 

This curriculum is schoolwide, from K2 through 12th grade, and allows students to have hands-on participation in the process from plant seedlings to business building/marketing. 

Since Gardens on Air owners Lee and LeeAnn Harrison donated hydroponic equipment to Coosa Christian, students have harvested their first of many cycles of lettuce, which has been served in the school lunchroom, sold to local restaurants, and donated to local church food pantries. 

“This cutting-edge curriculum allows our students to follow the growth from a seedling to a plant,” said Amanda Justus, Coosa Christian’s school administrator, “and also allows our students to understand the importance of farm-to-table — production, processing, distribution, retail, and consumer — all done locally, which provides food security, proximity, self-reliance, and sustainability within our community.” 


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