Fox River Academy students learn urban farming

Post-Crescent: When the lights go out at Jefferson Elementary School and Fox River Academy, bright lights shine from behind 5-foot silver panels in room 207.

The machine isn’t something out of the latest “Star Wars” movie, but rather an aeroponics system where Fox River Academy students grow lettuce.

The environmental charter school, located within Jefferson, received a $12,000 grant from the Mielke Family Foundation to cover costs of the machine and lessons from Goodwill Grows, said Joann Kasper, a third and fourth grade teacher.

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