WDC asks farmers to nominate school for $25,000 grant to build high-tunnel greenhouse
Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools is asking area farmers to nominate the school for a $25,000 grant to build a high-tunnel greenhouse.
The 24-by-72 foot high-tunnel greenhouse would be located directly east of the passive solar greenhouse, a smaller structure completed last fall. It would allow WDC to grow more fresh produce for school lunches and expand agriculture education.
For WDC to qualify for the grant, which is awarded by the Monsanto Fund, it needs to be nominated by area farmers within the school district by April 6.
“It takes less than five minutes,” said Richard Muckala, WDC high school ag/industrial arts teacher.
The Grow Rural Education Grant is a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help rural school districts like WDC with funding for math and science projects. Farmers can nominate WDC by clicking on this link: GrowRuralEducation.com or call 1-877-267-3332.
While the passive solar greenhouse operates throughout the winter, the high tunnel greenhouse would extend the growing season three months.
The existing greenhouse has only been open since November, but it's already filled to capacity. In addition to lettuce, spinach and kale, greenhouse coordinator Ed Lewis grows radishes, green beans, carrots, snap peas and strawberries.
WDC classes from the elementary and middle/high school regularly visit the greenhouse to learn about gardening and plant flowers.