BLUFFTON, Ind. (WFFT) - Bluffton-Harrison Elementary School students are beating obesity and diabetes with their newest addition to the cafeteria.
"We want to be an extension of the classroom for when we can teach our students that nutritious foods are important to learn and grow," Jennifer Borror said.
A new tower garden allows them to grow food without relying on outside elements.
The food they grow will be used for daily school menus, and the fourth grade cooking club.
"It's a hydroponic watering garden and it's all done with water. there's no soil,” Borror said.
The seeds the students planted will take about two weeks to sprout, but with the tower garden these seeds will sprout in three days.
About 800 students will grow their own fruit and vegetables thanks to a nearly $1,700 grant from Wells County Farm Bureau.
"They can be a solution to a problem we face here in the United States with the ever growing problem of childhood obesity, childhood diabetes, and by integrating these foods early in their lives, they come to learn healthy fruits and vegetables taste wonderful," Marielle Lael with the Wells County Farm Bureau said.
The school decided to have the launch Wednesday for National Farm to School Month.
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