Carrollton, Ky. - October 30, 2020 - Students at Carroll County High School will soon have access to a new hydroponic greenhouse, made possible through partnership and grant support from Dow. Food grown in the greenhouse will be used in school lunches and will also help supply the Food Pantry of Carroll County. Construction of the new greenhouse will begin soon and should be complete by December of this year.
“We can’t thank Dow enough for what they are doing for our students and our community,” said Superintendent Danny Osborne. “Our agriculture program has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and for Dow to honor that growth in this way is just incredible. We are beyond blessed in this community, thanks to partners like Dow.”
The new hydroponic greenhouse will sit near the existing greenhouse, which will remain in use, behind CCHS. The hydroponic greenhouse will be used to grow lettuce, tomatoes and fruit. Agriculture students will apply their knowledge of hydroponics to grow plants without using soil. Growing plants in the hydroponic greenhouse will involve students applying knowledge and skills in systems engineering, calculations of plant needs, money management, marketing and technology.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students,” said Mackenzie Wright, one of the district’s three agriculture teachers. “To have a new hydroponic greenhouse in our back yard is a dream come true. Our students will be able to apply what they are learning in the classroom in a real-world setting, and hydroponics is a big part of the future of food production.”
“We have committed to support transformational health, economic development, education and sustainability initiatives in our community. And we are pleased to invest in and partner with Carroll County High School to expand and update facilities, including a new hydroponics greenhouse, and programs designed to develop future Carrollton leaders,” said Carrollton Site Director Sandra Martins.