Heartland students experiment growing vegetables

Heartland students experiment growing vegetables

SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - Watermelon, squash, and cucumbers are crops you might not see growing in southeast Missouri farm fields.

However, a local farm and garden run by students is working to change that.

Southeast Missouri State University Agriculture Department Professor, Michael Aide, is helping run the project. He said they planted a variety of squash that grows in different parts of the world.

It’s an experimental project to find out if these vegetables thrive in southeast Missouri.

There’s also a high tunnel, which is an unheated greenhouse. According to Aide, what grows inside can feed a family of four for almost a year and will be donated to local food banks.

“We are a community resource as well as an educational institution. And we want to see our rural people prosper and prosper off the land. That’s American agriculture," said Aide.

If all goes well, Aide hopes farmers will start growing and selling these vegetables.

Students will also test an organic fertilizer for another part of the project.

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