The Ottumwa Courier

Education

May 9, 2013

From the ground up Pekin students raise greenhouse, food and funds

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Lamb said it's about half the cost of a 96-foot building. He said at some point, just like they do with the lettuce students currently grow, produce from the high tunnel at Pekin will be served with school lunch in their own cafeteria.

"They've got to know where their food comes from," Lamb said.

The Poly-Tex Field-Pro Gothic High Tunnel idea "started as a Farm to School Program," said Lamb, adding that a representative from the "local foods" initiative helped get the project rolling. But credit goes to the business community — and the students. Lamb wants his ag students to learn how to grow produce but also how to market it. It was students who raised funds for the project.

"We went to talk to these people and convince them why we needed the grants," said Kyle.

Behind the machine shop and the classroom where Lamb teaches, students were digging, hammering and lifting to get the building built. They appeared to have the work ethic; the rain Thursday barely slowed them down.

"They're learning how to get things done," Lamb said.

To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

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