Farm-to-School Grant Helps Students Grow with New Skills

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown City School District received a $95,000 USDA Farm-to-School grant to install 18 flex farms across the district.

Youngstown schools have a total of 21 flex farms in the district, which is the largest school-based hydroponic farm program in Ohio.

Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School have been learning about agriculture, science, nutrition and sustainability, and now they will be able to consume the fresh greens they have been growing for the past month.

“This is something we plan to keep going even if it’s just our food service staff running it,” says Tascin Brooks, food service director for Youngstown City Schools. I think the kids will want to keep doing it because it’s so amazing to see it happen.”

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