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US (TX): Longview ISD sees cost, health benefits from greenhouse

Longview ISD Director of Child Nutrition Phyllis Dozier hopes the addition of a new 960-square-foot greenhouse will help the district’s garden bring even more to the table — the lunch table, to be exact.

For more than five years, the district has supplemented student meals with fruits and vegetables produced from its almost 5-acre garden behind the Education Support Center on East Young Street.

Dozier said the garden saved the district about $3,500 this past year by growing 976 pounds of turnip greens but wants to see the garden produce even more.

“In the past, with 13 campuses to feed, we haven’t produced enough to feed students for the whole year,” she said. “But the greenhouse addition will extend our growing season and allow more to be produced.”


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