From Seed To Plate

Hydroponic Vertical Planters Awarded to 20 Wyoming Schools

Nov. 17, 2014

Twenty schools throughout Wyoming have been awarded a hydroponic, vertical growing planter, and accessories through the “From Seed to Plate” program. The planter, provided by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), will be delivered directly to each school no later than Nov. 20.

Funded by a grant awarded to the WDE Nutrition Department by the United States Department of Agriculture, the planters are to introduce schools to a school garden and are required to tie into the school’s wellness policy.

Schools have been awarded the planters based on applications detailing how they intend to use them. Some schools have developed entire curricula around the planters, others will develop extracurricular programs, some will apply it to their culinary arts programs, and one intends to use the vegetables they produce in an organic salad bar for school lunches.

Proposed lesson topics include the science of hydroponics, local and self sustainability, nutrition, biology, and biodiversity. Whatever the lesson, the planters will facilitate hands-on, inquiry-based learning.

Tomatoes, lettuce and other leafy greens, and herbs, were the most popular plants suggested for growth in the planters. Other fruits and vegetables will be grown by students and include strawberries, peppers, cucumbers, garlic, beans, and other ingredients needed for a balanced, nutritional
plate.

The schools that have been awarded the grant funded planters are:

  • Central High – Cheyenne
  • Glendo Elementary – Glendo
  • Goins Elementary – Cheyenne
  • Greybull Middle – Greybull
  • Hanna Elementary – Hanna
  • Lakeview Elementary – Gillette
  • Lincoln Middle – Green River
  • Southeast High – Yoder
  • Sunset Elementary – Cody
  • Monroe Intermediate – Green River
  • Newcastle High – Newcastle
  • Park Elementary – Casper
  • Saratoga Elementary – Saratoga
  • Snowy Range Academy – Laramie
  • Star Valley Middle – Afton
  • Thayne Elementary – Thayne
  • Thermopolis Middle – Thermopolis
  • Twin Spruce Junior High – Gillette
  • Woodland Park Elementary – Sheridan
  • Worland Middle – Worland

For more information about the “From Seed to Plate” program please contact Susan Benning at susan.benning@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6280, or Travis Hoff at travis.hoff@wyo.gov or (307) 777-2053.
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