Some Wisconsin Rapids students are taking agriculture classes to a whole new level, sharing what they learn with fellow students.
The class has worked all year to grow vegetables. The fresh produce is then used in the schools cafeteria. Most of us know what agriculture classes consist of, and how important they can be, especially in a state like Wisconsin. But students at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids are allowing their entire school to enjoy their hardwork.
The students plant, take care of, and eventually harvest a variety of vegetables on the schools property. The school has a greenhouse, and outdoor garden for students to work in all year long.
One of the main vegetables the class grows is lettuce. That lettuce is in turn used in school salads each day.
Teachers say the students enjoy seeing their hard work being put to use. Lincoln High School Agriculture teacher, Joel Kuehnhold says, "It really gives them a better handle on how to grow food. Where the food comes from, and they take great pride when they see it in the lunch line. The kids start talking about where their food comes from."
Each grow season provides around 300 pounds of lettuce, saving the school hundreds of dollars they would otherwise have to spend on salads.
The school pays for the gardens, and the supplies that it takes to grow the vegetables thanks to million a dollar grant the school district received from the Wood County Get Active Program.
The school says they hope to expand their gardens in the coming years, eventually, one day providing more than just lettuce to school lunches.