Students excited about flexibility of being sustainable

Before the Alaska governor signed a new bill that allows for local produce to be purchased and incorporated into school menus, Homer’s Flex High School was already a step ahead.
Teacher Jeff Szarzi and the school’s 32 students started their planting in March, using a $500 specialty foods grant to purchase materials to construct a “hoop” house, soil and seeds. Already, the delicate seedlings of beets, spinach, kale, onions, tomatoes and basil are starting to grow.
“I am doing this as a way to teach them to garden and show them that they can eat what they produce,” Szarzi said. “We wanted to start a school garden, and take that into the future so that we could grow produce to use in the school lunches.”
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