POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - There will be lots of things blooming in Poplar Bluff, Missouri very soon.
The Poplar Bluff R-I School district recently received the last of 10 tower gardens from Downtown Poplar Bluff, Inc.
The gardens, valued at about $9,000 total, were delivered on Monday, April 24.
The money for the tower gardens, which have the ability to produce year-round and include grade level curriculum, were secured through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture acquired by former downtown director Penny McGath.
"With tower gardens, students will be able to engage in hands-on learning through gardening," stated Jerrica Fox, McGath's successor. "Eating behaviors are learned early in life, and the key is to be educated. Through this grant, our schools are now able to incorporate nutrition education and the benefits of gardening in the classroom."
The grant is a component of a larger initiative to fund a market manager for the Poplar Bluff Farmers' Market and help sustain the operation annually from May through October. Last year the community portion of the proposal included a greenhouse project at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center. In addition to providing tower gardens for R-I's four elementary schools, along with the Middle School and Junior High, the money benefited Twin Rivers as well.
The vertical, aeroponic gardens include a light kit and drainage system, plus cherry tomato, eggplant, bell pepper and gourmet lettuce seeds, among other features.