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US (MI): Greenhouses in the community spark togetherness and influence positive change

FHC’s Greenhouse was built through the perseverance of students, the generosity of the community, and a competition between the ‘Army’ and ‘Marines’.

Of course, Environmental Science teacher, Chad Scholten, had a lot to do with the process as well. This passion project stemming from a love for nature and teaching created a very unique opportunity for Scholten, and when a small ‘hoop house’ was donated to the school by Koetsier’s, a local garden center, the dream became even more of a reality. 

The only thing standing in the way of an onsite greenhouse were the hoops that had to be bent into the ground and strung together in order to create the building’s traditional arched tunnel structure. With this looming responsibility, Scholten knew he had to recruit a group of brawn and competitiveness—FHC’s football team. 

“The next step is figuring out how to involve more people,” Scholten said. “The greenhouse only needs a few students here and there to keep it going. So that’s what I would foresee as the next goal is finding ways to give students who want to be involved more opportunities to be in there.”

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