Our vision at Urban Fresh Farms includes the component of educating children and adults in our community about hydroponics.
To that end, this year, as summer approached, we worked with students and teachers in Richland Two and at Montessori School of Columbia.
In April, we were the launch event for a PBL for magnet and health students at Ridge View High School. We shared with students about locally grown foods and hydroponics.
Later we returned to Ridge View to see the culmination of the PBL: Students presented their plans to create traditional and hydroponic school gardens.
In May at Richland Northeast High School, Chip helped to judge business plans by entrepreneurial students at a Shark Tank event. He shared his own experiences creating business plans, focusing on Urban Fresh.
This summer, Sarah taught the students at Montessori School of Columbia about hydroponics. They grew wheatgrass in plastic water bottles, learning about using the high-vitamin wheatgrass in smoothies while practicing the repurposing of plastic bottles that constitute a big part of daily garbage across the United States.
We at Urban Fresh look forward to next year: We will continue to educate children and adults about hydroponics and healthy eating.
Keep watching! Soon we will be growing fresh, leafy green vegetables near you!