The William J. Dean Technical High School in Holyoke has become the first career and technical education school in New England to grow organic greens indoors.
William J. Dean Technical High School is the first school in New England to feature the Evanlee Grow Racks, which is patented Super Grow System where organic vegetables are grown in primitive soil, indoors.
These racks consist of basil, kale, parsley, citrus basil, and baby spinach.
Students in the culinary program learn different aspects of the growing process such as seeding, watering, thinning new sprouts, and harvesting.
Students learn how to sell food, develop recipes, and learn the business aspect of marketing and pricing.
“If we have to talk about greens and salads or business aspect or recipe development now we can use our own vegetables,” said Chef Steve Kantrowitz, a culinary arts instructor at the school. “We save money and we can teach them to price things out.”
Living in the city some students might not get the chance to grow their own vegetables so this gives them the chance to do just that.
William J. Dean Technical High School has a goal for this winter to hold an indoor farmers market and eventually be involved in Holyoke’s Farmers Market.