Cowboy Trail Farm was honored to be chosen by H2O Grow to be a partner in their effort to bring healthy food to students in the Las Vegas School District.
In the summer of 2014, the H2O Grow project members meet at our farm to discuss how we could cooperate in building a “Living Wall” of food for students to learn about and benefit from growing their own fresh food right in their own schools.
The project managers discovered that over half of all Clark County school children face hunger at home, so the H2O Grow organization came up with the idea to build a hydroponic garden right inside schools to nurture healthy lifestyles, teach entrepreneurship, grow student engagement, and cultivate community involvement.
The decision was made to provide four tower units to the Rancho High school. These units were delivered in kit form so that the students could learn from the experience of building this living wall of food. Here is one of the completed units and the students who finished the project.
On Monday, December 8th, the H2O Garden was revealed to the students of Rancho High and Walter Bracken Academy at Walter Bracken. The ceremony presented the tower systems to the students and it was disclosed that two units would be located at Walter Bracken and the other two would be maintained at Rancho High.
Hopefully, this project will demonstrate how food can be grown in the future in urban areas with less impact on the environment. Plus encourage young people to look at ways of being future farmers.