Growing education

With support of the school district staff, students and volunteers, the project began this spring. The high tunnel now has cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and other vegetables to be used in the cafeteria this fall. Shown above are Destini Cioffi, Sheridan Cable, Evan Wiecienski, Nate Auriemma, Katie Joyce, Hailey Briggs, Kyle Morton, Jacob Belfance, Trevor Cotter and Aiden Boulay. (Photo submitted)

With support of the school district staff, students and volunteers, the project began this spring. The high tunnel now has cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and other vegetables to be used in the cafeteria this fall. Shown above are Destini Cioffi, Sheridan Cable, Evan Wiecienski, Nate Auriemma, Katie Joyce, Hailey Briggs, Kyle Morton, Jacob Belfance, Trevor Cotter and Aiden Boulay. (Photo submitted)

On June 9, Fonda-Fultonville Central School, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of a newly installed high tunnel. The high tunnel will allow students to grow fruits and vegetables in an environment that fits within the school year. Every year, Montgomery County Soil and Water receives money for a community project that conserves, enhances and restores the soil and water within the county. For the 2017 project, Montgomery County Soil and Water approached Sheri Boardman, Fonda-Fultonville agricultural teacher and FFA adviser, with an idea of installing a high tunnel for the students to have a hands-on educational class while providing fresh produce to the cafeteria. With support of the school district staff, students and volunteers, the project began this spring. The high tunnel now has cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and other vegetables to be used in the cafeteria this fall. Shown above are Destini Cioffi, Sheridan Cable, Evan Wiecienski, Nate Auriemma, Katie Joyce, Hailey Briggs, Kyle Morton, Jacob Belfance, Trevor Cotter and Aiden Boulay. At right, people work on the tunnel.

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