Feeding thousands of students in a school district is not cheap, especially at today’s prices. An East Texas school district has found a way to cut those costs with a five-acre garden, and Longview ISD is cutting back the cost even more with their new greenhouse.
Longview ISD Director of Child Nutrition Phyllis Dozier and District Gardens and Farm to Table Coordinator James Beasley take a look at seedlings planted inside the Longview ISD greenhouse.
“We have, in the past, purchased plants and put them in the garden. This year we will, as you can see in the greenhouse, that the plants have already been started that we will use to put into the garden,” Dozier said.
“We’re saving a lot of money by growing all these things ourselves. For example, a flat of vegetables, for instance, is about 6 dollars at Lowes or other places. A package of seed that’ll grow 200 plants is about 12 dollars,” Beasley said.
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