Pictured with the first crop of lettuce. (L to R) Patty Bailey, CCHS Cafeteria Manager, Ryan Bynum, Jerrika Gordon, Amy Flavin, C.W. Reed, Casey Willard, Aaron Sissom, Daniel Taylor, Morgan Hudson, Megan Simmons, and Jennifer Insell, Supervisor of Child Nutrition.
Cannon County High School greenhouse classes are the latest example in a trend to teach students about growing healthy food. The greenhouse classes and the CCHS cafeteria are collaborating on a project that will yield produce for the school’s cafeteria.
The students at CCHS are about to get in touch with their roots – and their veggies. Students have grown their first crop of lettuce and, in the process, are learning about science, economic/agribusiness, health and other subjects.
The greenhouse and hydroponic classes provide an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the basics of hydroponics while having hands-on applications. This unique opportunity allows the students to be involved from seed to consumption while maintaining an herbicide and pesticide free product.
The school lunch program has been benefited from this joint venture also. Over 50 salads were served on Thursday October 29 using the hydroponic lettuce. “The goal of the program is to expand the operation to provide fresh salads to the students and teachers every day”, according to Courtney Nichols, Horticulture teacher. This initial trial was declared a great success from Jennifer Insell, Supervisor of Child Nutrition, and Patty Bailey, CCHS Cafeteria Manager.
The equipment used for this project has been made available for student use from Sheriff Billy Nichols and the Cannon County Drug Task Force. This is an example of cooperation from local government agencies for the betterment of Cannon County students.