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School receives $2,000 grant for tower gardens

DAVID CITY (SNR) – St. Mary School in David City received a $2,000 “Working Here Fund” grant for tower gardens, vertical growing systems. 

The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.

St. Mary School will purchase an aeroponic tower garden – which allow for growing plants without soil and with very little water – for the first grade and one for the St. Joseph’s Court assisted living facility across the street from the school.

Students will learn the process of food from the seed to the plate. The residents at St. Joseph’s Court will be able to use fresh fruits and vegetables and take care of their own indoor garden.   

“I have secured the curriculum for grades K-4 that teaches about the role of leaves, stems, roots, germination, photosynthesis, both plant and human nutrition, and pollination,” said Jennifer Suehl, teacher at St. Mary School. “It is my intention that we can wheel these tower gardens throughout each elementary classroom teaching a 'Seed to Table' curriculum. I want my kids to be able to farm in my classroom!”

Amy Blomenberg, regional vice president of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s Columbus office, said the organization understands that, “by educating tomorrow’s farmers today, we are supporting our rural communities and agriculture.”

St. Mary School is one of 107 organizations to receive a Working Here Fund grant in the first quarter of 2016. FCSAmerica awarded $179,000 during the latest grant cycle ending March 31, 2016.

St. Mary School provides a Catholic education for pre-school through the fifth grade. St. Mary promotes academic achievement for all students by developing their unique abilities and interests. To learn more about St. Mary, visit their website at www.aquinas-catholic.com/st-marys.

Farm Credit Services of America is a customer-owned financial cooperative that finances the growth of rural America in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more at www.fcsamerica.com.

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