Whitefish Twp. Students Use Old Food, Recycled Supplies to Grow Veggies for Lunch

Students at this Upper Peninsula school are getting their hands dirty and helping the school save money while eating healthier!

Students at Whitefish Township Community School in Chippewa County have been taking their old food as compost and cultivating soil in their own greenhouse.

Inside they grow fruits and vegetables that are already having a huge impact on the small community.

“They had plants and stuff growing and I was very impressed in fact that’s one of the reasons that drew me to Whitefish Township was the greenhouse,” Science Teacher Peggy Imhoff, said.

Not only are the students getting a lesson in eating healthy and being green, but by growing fruits and vegetables their getting an important lesson in working together.

“It’s better hands-on because you’ll learn how to do it. When you’re working with other people in a class it teaches you how to work as a group together. Also teaches you how to produce food and enough, because some of the seeds don’t always give you something, so you have to learn how to adapt to that,” Student Emma Nelson, said.

The program is still in its infancy but it’s already helping the school’s carbon footprint and the district’s bottom line.

“We see a savings of twelve hundred to fifteen hundred dollars through the reduction of our ecological footprint through supplementing our salad bar. So we’re seeing quite the return and this is just in its infancy,” Superintendent Tom McKee, said.

And when the final bell rings these students find it rewarding seeing their work blossom.

“It’s so rewarding for us to see the kids eat our tomatoes because we worked hard for those tomatoes or potatoes or spinach or kohlrabi. We do a lot of stuff here that’s beneficial to everyone like learning how to grow your own food, that’s a good skill, but we also know how to manage and organize,” Student Jeremy Planck, said.