US (CO): St. Vrain Valley School District receives $100,000 grant for sky garden

Boulder County has awarded a $100,000 grant to the St. Vrain Valley School District for a new vertical, hydroponic garden.

The grant, which is part of the county’s Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund, will be used to purchase a FarmBox vertical garden for the district’s Career Elevation and Technology Center.

The hydroponic farm will be run by students under the center’s Agricultural Sciences and Future Farmers of America Mentorship program.

“Currently, student mentors work onsite with lead teachers and help rebuild school gardens, providing hands-on leadership and learning activities,” said Theresa Spires, school wellness coordinator for the district. “Students from grades PK-8, alongside their mentors, plant seeds, and harvest and prepare student-grown to produce to offer as samples at their home school cafeteria.”


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