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QNS: Astoria Queens Energy Tech High School welcomes new hydroponic greenhouse

Astoria Energy Tech High School students and their families joined the New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Nov. 15 to celebrate the school’s new hydroponic lab that will grow herbs and vegetables year-round in a soil-free garden and be supplemented by a sustainability and food justice curriculum.

NYPA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the ninth grade Living Environment classroom with New York Sun Works and elected officials, followed by a tasting of classroom-grown fresh basil with tomato and mozzarella with the Energy Tech High School community.

The new green lab, which is a hydroponic system with seeding stations, a tower garden, hanging vines and a composting station, will grow herbs and kale and will ultimately be made available to AP environmental science classes and a Green Team after-school program.

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