Middle School Awarded For Environmental Innovation

Howell Middle School North was recently the recipient of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation Grant for their Tower Garden project. (Photo courtesy Howell Township Schools)

HOWELL – Howell Middle School North was recently the recipient of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation Grant for their Tower Garden project.

The Tower Garden project is part of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation’s Kids for Conservation program. According to MCF’s website, the Tower Gardens project aims to teach students about growing healthy, fresh, organic foods through sustainable practices while helping the school to meet the New Jersey Science Standards by utilizing an innovative, educational tool.

“Tower Gardens employ aeroponic technology to grow plants in an air or mist environment rather than soil. Aeroponic systems use water, liquid nutrients and a soilless growing medium to quickly and efficiently grow nutrient-rich produce,” according to MCF. “This form of growing uses 98 percent less water than traditional agriculture while growing organic produce 30 percent faster.”

The MCF donated five aeroponic plants to five middle schools throughout the County; Howell Middle School North was one of them.

MCF’s Tower Gardens program is significant as it helps students to think critically and come up with alternatives to traditional farming while reducing the negative impact on the environment.

The Howell Township Board of Education extended a special thanks to Kristin Raleigh and Moira Adams of Middle School North for bringing this opportunity to Howell Township.

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