New Hydroponic GrowWall to Bring the Garden to the Classroom
Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, students at the Broad Street School can expect to see leafy greens growing in their school. Due to funds from the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network Grant the Bridgeton Public School District will be purchasing an OPCOM® Farm GrowWall. This is an all-in-one hydroponic growing system that can produce 75 plants at once. This system will allow students to see leafy greens, such as lettuce, kale, and beet greens, grow year round. Students will plant the seeds into cubes of grow medium and place them in the built in nursery until the seedlings grow tall enough to be placed in the spaces on the five level system. Students will also learn how to provide the correct amount of nutrients to the plants to promote growth and how to balance the pH of the growing solution. If all goes well with the instillation and utilization of this hydroponic tower, we are hopeful to have more installed in the district.
About the Grantee
The Mission of the Bridgeton Public School District is to provide multiple pathways for all students to attain the Common Core State Standards and meet the needs of our diverse student population. All students will be provided with the opportunity and resources to succeed through the creation of state-of-the-art safe learning environments which will ultimately enable all students to graduate from.