US (PA): New greenhouse at Harrisburg High School to prepare students for future careers

Simplified: Harrisburg High School will add a greenhouse, hydroponics, and other farming and agriculture technology thanks to a federal grant. Here's a look at what it'll mean for students (and the workforce).

The $250,000 Career and Technical Education Innovation Equipment grant will allow Harrisburg High School the funds needed to construct a greenhouse, purchase two FarmBot precision agriculture machines, and get the equipment needed for hydroponics.

As part of the grant, the district is also partnering with a number of local organizations – from higher education to landscaping – in an effort to show students how to take what they're learning and turn it into a career, said Mike Amolins, director of instruction and federal programs for the Harrisburg School District.

The initial idea stemmed from a conversation between science teacher Andrew Koch and Harrisburg senior Heidi Pan, who pitched the idea of starting a community garden to Koch after taking his Advanced Placement environmental science class. That evolved into a much broader effort to bring students hands-on agriculture and sustainability experience.


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