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Teaching Garden Grant Received! Hydroponics Wall Coming to PHS

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

With the help of a grant from The American Heart Association and Caulipower, Palestine High School will be ordering a new Hydroponics Wall to extend the growing season for students. This system will allow Mrs. Inboden and Mrs. Hyde, as well as any other interested teachers, to use plants in their classrooms. The Teaching Garden Grant, written by Mrs. Adams, was awarded for


Seed to Table

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.

Involve me and I learn.

– Benjamin Franklin

Seed to Table will use place-based education principles to teach students problem-solving real-world skills. The goal of this project is to create students who can recognize a problem, search for a solution, plan and gather resources and community, and eventually solve the problem. The problem to be addressed is Food Insecurity among students at Palestine High School.

Seed to Table will be a project to extend the successful Living Classrooms at Palestine High School.The curriculum includes Food, Nutrition, Culinary Arts, and Business Principles. The curriculum is taught in grades 8-12. Mrs. Inboden, the teacher of these programs, would like to teach students how to think about food, starting with seeds. With the help of the American Heart Association Teaching Garden Grant, PHS could purchase an Opcom Advanced Hydroponic Wall and the STEM curriculum. The STEM curriculum will be taught in the second semester this year and will utilize existing new equipment and the new greenhouse.


Seed to Table will use the following place-based education principles to teach students problem-solving real-world skills. The goal of this project is to create students who can recognize a problem, search for a solution, plan and gather resources and community, and eventually solve the problem. This will be an organic process and thus the following student action plan is subject to change.


The produce and plants grown with this program will first be sold in the Farmer's Market or on the website. Potted plants and potted mini gardens ready for transfer will be available for spring planting. In May, before school ends, students will transfer any unsold items into the community garden. Donations of planters will also be made to community partners. In this way, students will learn the necessary skills of community engagement.


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