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US (TX): Students grow lettuce for entire school district at Hudson ISD

When students at Hudson ISD munch on a healthy leaf of lettuce, they don't have to search far to find the source. The students in Kelli Davis' middle school hydroponics classes are planting and cultivating all of the lettuce consumed in the school district. It's a task the students take to heart.

"We work so hard to grow all that stuff," said Samantha Johnson, a Hudson Middle School eighth-grader in one of Davis' classes. "It's so rewarding to see what we worked for — and to see what we give to our community, such as our cafeteria and all the other people who buy from us."

Davis notices how eager students are to take care of the crops they grow. "It's like a sense of pride with their baby," she said. "They know they've cultivated it and made it look this way."
Davis, a Career and Technical Education teacher at Hudson Middle School, teaches the principles of bioscience, manufacturing and tech applications. The principles of bioscience class focus on hydroponics.

This is the first school year that Davis' three hydroponics classes have supplied lettuce to the entire school district. That means 26 students are growing lettuce for about 2,800 students. Davis has been teaching the class for nearly three years, and the output has swelled each year.

"They are in charge of telling me what to order and when we're running low on something — like a real business," she said. "They keep stock, and they create invoices to charge the cafeteria. They have to know how much we harvest. They have to know that dates are important and that cleanliness is important." And they also learn about science as they bring the lettuce seeds through the growing process in a soil-free indoor environment.

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