May 9—Every two weeks, students cut various herbs from the Olivet Community Schools’ greenhouse. Parsley, basil, rosemary, Swiss chard and lettuce sprout from five hydroponic towers in the greenhouse. Since October, Karla Love, food service supervisor for Olivet Community Schools, has purchased almost 25 pounds of herbs totaling $128 so far this school year.
Ther greenhouse is the pet project of Dalton Humphrey, 17, began attending Olivet High School in the fall as a junior. Humphrey came to the school with $5,000 grant to educate students’ on healthy living.
Love offered to buy the herbs from Humphrey, a member of the Future Farmers of America, at $4 per bag of lettuce and Swiss chard and $5 per pound of basil, parsley and rosemary; the same price she pays other vendors.