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$2,500 grant to jump-start greenhouse transformation

Posted on August 22, 2018 at 4:25 PM by Doug Graham

GIRARD, KANSAS – Area learners visiting Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center will soon benefit from hands-on instruction in an updated hydroponic greenhouse thanks in part to a $2,500 grant from Frontier Farm Credit's Working Here Fund.

Learning Tree Institute at Greenbush (LTI), the service center's educational foundation, will use the funds awarded to purchase the equipment needed to transform the traditional greenhouse into a hydroponic growing environment. Students with special needs will develop basic horticulture and job skills; elementary students visiting the adjoining William L. Abernathy Science Education Center will learn more about the life cycle of plants; and area FFA students will have advanced study opportunities in ag education. 

“Students with special needs will be involved in the day-to-day care, operation, and management of the greenhouse,” said Kelly Peak, director of LTI. “Their roles will include water testing, plant care, documentation, and business planning to ensure production meets the projected needs of our new culinary program.”

Programs will be led by certified teachers and an environmental specialist, offering educational programs for Kindergarten through fifth grade students. FFA groups will have access to advanced studies to complement school programs.

“At Frontier Farm Credit, we welcome the opportunity to support the future of agriculture,” said Jeremy Fritz, vice president of retail operations at Frontier Farm Credit’s Parsons office.

Learning Tree Institute at Greenbush is one of three organizations to receive an expanded Working Here Fund grant. Frontier Farm Credit awarded each organization up to $10,000 for a total of $19,500 to support projects focused on agricultural education, hunger and nutrition, young and beginning producers or essential services and rural disaster relief.

About Learning Tree Institute at Greenbush  

Learning Tree Institute at Greenbush (LTI) is an educational foundation established in 1989 as a supporting organization of Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center. LTI is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and its not-for-profit status serves as the vehicle for philanthropic giving by individuals, business partners, and others who share a passion for ensuring equal educational opportunities for all.

About Frontier Farm Credit

Frontier Farm Credit is a customer-owned financial cooperative proud to finance the growth of rural America, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. With more than $2 billion in assets and $420.1 million in members’ equity, Frontier Farm Credit provides credit and insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness and rural residents in eastern Kansas. Learn more at