On November 1, a team representing Hopewell Elementary attended a reception and check presentation at the BASF North American headquarters in northern Jersey. They also received a tour of BASF’s Innovation Center.
The 2017 BASF Science Education Grant will further support efforts to expand our Sustainable, Green Community initiative by starting a vertical farm in the greenhouse this fall through a partnership with Princeton University. A plant physiologist at Princeton University has helped design a custom system which is currently being constructed. We remain grateful to HES PTO for their support.
Hopewell Elementary’s first indoor tower garden is currently in the cafeteria. A second has been placed in Mrs. Corveleyn’s classroom. Additional towers will be popping up throughout the year. Many thanks to Hopewell Valley Education Foundation for funding this phase.
Both projects will grow lettuce and other vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to be used in our cafeteria with the goal of making our school more self-sustainable. In addition, there are strong curricular ties at each grade level which supports our science instruction aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.