Fork Farm

Winneconne High School Sprouts a Fork Farm!
Posted on 04/05/2019
Lettuce GrowingWinneconne High School recently added an ingenious ‘Fork Farm’ to its Food Service Program, and as of this month, has begun to sprout healthy, pesticide free, leafy greens to be consumed by students any time of year.

Fork Farms are modular, vertical hydroponic growing machines that are compact in size with a high yield capacity (each machine can grow up to 288 plants at a time), making them perfect for school cafeterias. The Fork Farm is optimized to grow leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, and arugula and also excels at growing herbs like basil, cilantro, and tarragon.  

 “The Fork Farm has given the district the ability to meet our goal to have higher quality products that are fresher and grown locally, all without increasing costs,” said Food Service Director Diane Agrell. Fork Farms, the company, is based in Appleton, and is the brainchild of three entrepreneurs – Alex Tyink, Gil Shaw and Stewart McLain. Fork Farms are quite literally “cropping up” in school districts all over the State of Wisconsin!

 Included with each Fork Farm are lesson plans to help students understand how the machines work and how to grow a variety of crops. Students can easily maintain the machines, with limited supervision, and crops grow quickly – giving students the pleasure of seeing the literal fruits of their labor without having to wait an entire summer!

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