On Oct. 20 of this year, Centennial Public Schools received a gift on its football field — not an easy win, but a sizable donation from a Nebraska-based hydroponics company called LivFarms.

LivFarms, a new Nebraska-based hydroponics farm company, donated a hydroponic research unit to Centennial Public Schools during halftime at a football. The donation was in honor of a former Centennial Public Schools teacher, Anne Ardsen, who taught Luke Petersen, the co-founder of LivFarms.

Now, a few months later, students at Centennial are using the research unit to grow buttercrunch lettuce and study plant science. Agricultural educator Holly Podliska said that it has been a big learning curve figuring out how to use the research unit.

Through research and trial and error, Podliska said, she and her students have been able to figure out how to ensure that the unit’s LED grow lights and pH levels are set just right so that the lettuce seeds can germinate.

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