The arrival of spring usually signals the time to plant seeds, here at La Salle Academy we have been planting and harvesting all year round! This is made possible by our “Green Team” students who participate in our hydroponics program. This innovative program is integrated with our science curriculum, teaching students how the soil-less cultivation method is used. Students learn the benefits of hydroponics and how to combat food insecurity by growing food in urban and poor rural areas around the world.
Members of the Green Team utilize and operate six vertical hydroponic growing systems and can produce up to 50 pounds of produce per week. The students are providing lettuce, mint, cilantro, arugula, thyme, chives, and rosemary to a local restaurant, food banks, and the Good Companion Senior Center in lower Manhattan. Members of this program are living the true Lasallian spirit providing for those most in need in a healthy and environmentally sustainable way.
The Green Team has plans to enhance the science curriculum and increase hydroponic produce to better serve the local community, soup kitchens, and senior centers. Our target to raise for the Green Team Hydroponics Program is $5,000.
Donating our produce to the community has given us a true build on our values as Lasallians. It’s through the hydroponics program that I’ve learned beneficial ways and means of producing crops in an eco-friendly manner. - Jeffery A. ’23
Will you contribute to the Green Team? Your contribution now gives you a role in developing a well-educated, service oriented, and environmentally aware young man. Please do your part!