US (PA): New tower garden at Eisenhower Science Academy will fight local food insecurity

"This is a Green Bronx Machine hydroponic garden," Don Conaway, STEM coordinator at Eisenhower Science Academy, explained.

"I'm excited to learn more about it cause I'm not exactly sure how it's going to work," eighth-grader River Procyson-Heiden said.

This garden is strategically placed in Norristown, which has been identified as a food desert. In fact, 73% of students here are economically disadvantaged.

"Considering where we are, it's harder to get healthier options," eighth-grader Clare Ely said.

"It's a good example for our students to try to experiment with things that are nontraditional ways of gardening," Conaway said.

The project is also supported by Green Bronx Machine, a nonprofit that's shown when students get involved with agriculture, they're much more likely to eat fresh produce.


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