We are excited to announce that the Rockcastle County High School Agriculture department will be partnering with AppHarvest to raise hydroponic produce. With this new partnership, AppHarvest will provide RCHS with a container/building to raise vegetable crops year-round. This facility will be located near our greenhouses and will be operated by our students. Below are a couple of pictures of a similar setup to the one we will have, as well as a video of the AppHarvest CEO Johnathan Webb announcing the partnership alongside Governor Andy Beshear.
The initial goal of this project is to provide our district food service program with fresh vegetables that will be served at all schools. We hope to partner with many different entities in our school and community throughout the next several years.
AppHarvest collaborates with Eastern Kentucky high schools to introduce and incorporate AgTech curriculum. The company has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars providing high-tech container farms, retrofitted from shipping containers, to offer students the opportunity to grow their own food and learn about the importance of nutritious fruits and vegetables.