Area school district receives $10,000 grant

Students to learn about hydroponic gardens

Published On: Nov 27 2012 02:00:12 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 27 2012 02:00:03 PM CST
SPARTA, Wis. -

The Sparta Area School District received a $10,000 grant in America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program to take hydroponics into the classroom.

Hydroponics is the art of growing plants without soil. Program organizers say students will learn how to grow plants using the right amount of inputs, like water, light and other nutrients.

"The hands-on activities related to growing food will show students the important roles science, technology, agriculture and mathematics play in everyday life," said Tom Steward, Sparta Area School District’s director of instructional services. "It also highlights the important role agriculture plays in all of our lives."

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education began as a 2011 pilot program in Illinois and Minnesota.