Students will grow and sell herbs to local restaurants in new Harvest Houston program

By Drew Randolph, HHS student
Germantown, Tennessee—August 20, 2019—The Germantown Education Foundation (GEF) was proud to award three winners of its summer grant cycle last month. One of the recipients, Cathy Jones of Houston High School, has been a special education teacher at Houston for the past five years and more recently a co-director of the Houston High School Transition Academy.   

With the newly reward grant monies, her transition team will be beginning a new project called “Harvest Houston” this year.  Harvest Houston will go beyond the classroom allowing students with disabilities to grow, package, and sell fresh herbs to local restaurants.  In the early stages, the Germantown-located franchise Tazikis has signed on to participate.  

Other schools around the country have started a program like this with great success. Initially, there will be thirty-five kids involved in Harvest Houston which will partner with the students studying agriculture science at the school.

The grant monies will cover supplies, plants and marketing materials. This will be the third group to take advantage of the newly refurbished Houston High School Greenhouse (whose renovations were funded by a previous grant from the GEF). The GEF was founded by the City of Germantown to support our municipal schools to ensure teachers and students have the best tools and best facilities necessary to succeed.
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