HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS GRANT TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY?
This grant would greatly benefit our school community because it would allow us to purchase several vertical, aeroponic growing systems called Tower Gardens, and place in 3 of our school buildings, encompassing approximately 1300 students in grades K-8. These unique systems allow for year-round growing, indoors with grow lights, or outdoors, giving students the ability to grow during each month of the school calendar. The gardens will teach them the importance of where food comes from, how to grow their own food, expand the districts STEM efforts, teach sustainable growing practices, as well as the value of proper nutrition for better health- knowledge they will carry with them their entire lives. Students will also be encouraged to share what they have learned with their families, and develop and maintain gardens at home. We would also like to utilize some of the produce to support our schools Backpack Initiative to Fight Hunger program.