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SVMS greenhouses grow

The Seneca Valley Middle School (SVMS) Science Department received an equipment donation worth $1,995 from local business owners Mr. Peter Stumm and Mr. Eddie Stumm of High Tech Garden Supply in Cranberry Township on Jan. 23.

The SVMS Science Department will use this donation for their upper and lower greenhouses.

The SVMS Environmental Club, sponsored by Mrs. Traci Kuntz, in coordination with the graduation project research being done by senior Ms. Kiley Grinnell, requested and received multiple seed starter kits, nutrient solutions, lighting racks, and two Ebb and Flow Hydroponic grow systems to enrich the greenhouse space utilized in SVMS.

The systems will be used to study plant germination and plant life cycles covered in the seventh grade Integrated Science curriculum, as well as provide STEM enrichment.  In addition, the SVMS Environmental Club will work with Ms. Grinnell in order to research vegetable growth.  A variety of vegetables will be grown using traditional methods and hydroponic methods to encourage understanding and interest in organic farming. The SVMS Environmental club will share their findings at the “Creek Connections” Symposium that will be held in April at Camp Kon’o‘Kwee in Fombell. 

High Tech Garden Supply is a locally owned business specializing in lighting fixtures for growing plants.  HTG Supply (www.htgsupply.com) has retail locations in eight states including Cranberry Township.