Freight Farm Greenery aims to help teach youth about agriculture

The new greenery located at The Bay on 20th and Y Street will be run entirely by youth.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Beyond School Bells and The Bay are teaming up on a sustainability project. On Saturday, the two organizations revealed the arrival of a Freight Farm Greenery.

“It is a state of the art hydroponic farm,” Beyond School Bells director of partnerships Anna Wishart said. “This is going to be one of the few in the country run exclusively by youth.”

Youth ranging from kindergarten to college will learn to grow and sell food through the program. The space has room for nearly 13,000 plants, which is equivalent to a 2.5 acre farm.

The food will be sold at farmers markets, donated to the food bank and distributed throughout restaurants.

“We’re are going to use this as a platform for youth to learn about running a high-tech agricultural business, learn entrepreneurial skills, learn about food, growth, technology all those great things that will hopefully spark some career interest,” Wishart said.

The Ben Hormel Harris Foundation along with other sponsors helped raise nearly $130,000 for the equipment.

Wishart said the goal is to implement this program in across the state, and teach kids about agriculture.

“This is an example of the type of after school programs that we need to be investing in to ensure that kids are really prepared to solve the world’s challenges.”

Youth will start growing the food next week.

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