Ashley Ridge High School’s farm to school program in Summerville is delivering fresh local vegetables to six Dorchester District Two schools.
A container farm on the school’s campus provides fresh lettuce to students at Ashley Ridge, Summerville High School, DuBose Middle School, Beech Hill Elementary, Sand Hill elementary and Gregg Middle School.
The farms grow European-style head lettuce inside a shipping container at a faster rate than traditional farming and use less space. The farming method also allows for vegetables to grow in a controlled environment that can be monitored and adjusted remotely using a computer or smartphone.
The container farm is part of a College of Charleston study to examine how nutritious the leafy greens are compared to traditional school food and to see if there is a change in consumption of salad at the schools.
Dorchester District Two teamed up with local companies. Summerville-based Tiger Corner Farms manufactured the container farm, Vertical Roots grows the produce inside, and Boxcar Central created the technology.