US (IL): Sherrard High School debuts new greenhouse

Sherrard High School officials in Rock Island County unveiled a new high-tech greenhouse that will allow the school to expand its science curriculum and incorporate more in-depth studies of botany, agriculture, and environmental science.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on the $625,000 project was held on March 28.

The project expanded the footprint of the 1994 structure by 1,000 feet and added various upgrades, including heated flooring, a weather station with an automated interior shade cloth and roof vent, and a high-intensity grow light system.

“When we were in here planting (before), some parts of the greenhouse weren’t heated, so it got really cold,” said Lily Passno, FFA vice president. “Now, we can come here in the middle of winter ... and it’ll be like a hot summer day.”


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