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US (IA): Student works to restore dormant West Des Moines greenhouse

For nearly 10 years, Valley High School’s greenhouse sat unused — its plants left to rot after its cooling system broke down and sat in need of repairs.

Where a small plat of land full of weeds and dried dirt once sat just outside the abandoned building now blooms an array of colors — unseen until just five months ago.

Underneath the bursting greenery of tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and basil plants, engrained in 10 tons of soil that Nathan Steimel’s hands toiled over for months, is more than a year’s worth of work toward the rising senior’s legacy.

That work received a major boost recently, when Valley High School received $5,000 from the Bayer Fund, an organization focused on food, nutrition and STEM education, thanks to Steimel’s application to win funds to put toward a new cooling system.


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