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New Hampton FFA students set to host greenhouse open house

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NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) -

Not one but two greenhouses now sit behind the New Hampton High School.

"I think it's just going to be educational all around for everybody," said sophomore Brooke Hoey.

So far, Future Farmers of America students at New Hampton High School have raised about $63,000 from area businesses and through grants to construct the greenhouses.

"A year ago we had nothing standing in the two spots. The community has taken a hold of it and been really supportive of it," said FFA Advisor Jim Russ.

The idea came about because the school is part of the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative.

Several counties are working together to make sure people have access to healthy, locally grown foods and opportunities for physical activity.

"We had a new principal come who thought a greenhouse would be a neat addition. From there we ran with it," said Russ.

During the fall, students used one of the greenhouses to grow fresh vegetables that were enjoyed during lunch. The other greenhouse is set to be used for bedding plants and hanging plants, which the students hope to sell to the community.

The goal is to keep the students involved as much as possible.

"It's a lot of fun, hands-on. I'm sure the younger classmen will have fun keeping it going," said senior Brittany Sabelka.

While the FFA students did most of the fundraising, the greenhouses will be used by all the students at New Hampton High School.

You can see the greenhouses for yourself during an open house. It's Tuesday, February 21st from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The greenhouses are located behind the New Hampton High School. Besides the open house, there will also be a career fair with more than a dozen AG related businesses.

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