US (KY): school gets second hydroponic greenhouse

Students taking courses in Whitley County Large School’s vocational-agricultural department will soon have accessibility to the next hydroponic greenhouse method, thanks to steps taken by the school board Thursday evening.

In March, the board authorized a new hydroponic system, which Superintendent John Siler could be used to improve the growth of lettuce. "Just about every part of the formerly procured system’s table had been sectioned off, making it possible for each course see the product grow from starting to conclusion." Siler explains it was an objective of the board to present the newest technological know-how to their college students.

“We want the children in Whitley County to be exposed to the most current technology, whether it be in the greenhouse, or welding, or nursing; all the courses we offer them,” he added, also stating the district has the same ambitions for classic courses.

On top of offering students the best possible learning opportunity, the produce can also be offered on nearby farmers markets, or it can be used in the school's own cafeteria: “We’re feeding 4,200 kids two meals a day, so we can use the produce," Siler mentioned before the board unanimously authorized the hydroponic process.

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