US (SD): Tea Area School District is starting an agriculture program, adding a greenhouse

Tea Area School District is one of nine districts in South Dakota that just received a workforce education grant from the Department of Education. The DOE announced the recipients Wednesday. The districts received a total $1,418,942.

Tea will use its $118,500 grant to build a greenhouse and start an Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources program. The new program will start in the 2022-2023 school year, Tea Area High School Principal Collin Knudson said. It will include courses in animal science, food science, horticulture, agribusiness and an FFA chapter.

Tea's new greenhouse will be 30x40 feet on the south side of the district's existing Career and Technical Education building at the high school. Students will use the greenhouse to grow vegetables, flowers, trees and more.

"We are excited about adding this career cluster next school year and enhancing the programming for our students through this grant opportunity," Superintendent Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery said.

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