US (NJ): Greenhouse means opportunities for J.P. Stevens students

A new greenhouse at J.P. Stevens High School is on the cusp of opening. And while only a portion of the students have been involved with the project to date, once the greenhouse is open, all J.P. Stevens students will have an element of their education intertwined with the onions, potatoes, squash and strawberries.

“We’re really at the point where we’re about to move forward full force,” said Meredith Quick, assistant principal, who has been leading the project along with strong support from teachers and other staff members. The project has been in progress for a couple of years.

Many of the students who will benefit from the greenhouse are the students from the multiply disabled program, who will be learning valuable life skills through a process called horticultural therapy. These students will do much of the planting and nurturing of the organic fruits and vegetables and then the selling of the produce to their peers at the greenhouse’s farm stand.

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