SHuPPrinceton expands it’s impact with our Vertical Farm Initiative

SHuPPrinceton expands it’s impact with our Vertical Farm Initiative

What does an advanced hydroponic vertical garden have to do with relieving food insecurity for children in Princeton? 

Since SHUPPrinceton’s emergence as a community resource 10 years ago, one thing that has sustained us was our ability to adapt to unanticipated events that have adversely affected members of our community. Most often those least able to weather these financial storms alone.

This has always been and will continue to be our core mission.

Today however SHUPP is pleased to announce that we are embarking on an exciting new initiative. In conjunction with the Princeton Public Schools we are installing a vertical farm in the Littlebrook Elementary School.

This pilot program will complement the already robust outdoor, raised bed garden programs that have existed for some time in a number of Princeton Public Schools.  It will allow for gardening all year round.  It will allow the students to continue their agricultural adventures indoor during the cold weather, allow them to study, experiment, care for and maintain a gardening pod that has the potential to grow as much as 300 pounds of produce throughout the year.

Master Gardener Nancy Nicosia, pictured above along with Martha Friend says, “We are thrilled to now have the ability to continue to grow all winter long for the children, our students!”

Ross Wishnick, SHUPP founder and chair says, “We have been preparing to grow in this direction for some time now.  We’re so glad it’s happening now.  We are proud of this effort and look forward to showing the public this new and very important aspect of our ongoing collaboration with the schools.”

Empowering students with the knowledge and skills to address food insecurity in their own homes and communities is a life changing experience.  SHUPP is happy and proud to be at the vanguard of this life skills education program.

If you know someone in need or if you are able to contribute please visit www.shupprinceton.org.   SHUPP is a registered 501c3 nonprofit corporation.