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GALESBURG, IL – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday at Knox College to celebrate the first High Tunnel Project.  This is the first of many initiatives to move towards a more sustainable world.

Tom Discher, a student worker, says “This is the perfect playground and a perfect experiment. It gives us a chance to learn how to be sustainable by doing things, not just by talking about it.”

The high tunnel will house all types of vegetables, from radishes to tomatoes. It is built to endure the unpredictable weather.  This means on a cold day, the temperature inside will be warmer to help keep the crops alive.

Galesburg farmer, Jim Stanley, has his own high tunnel, and contributed a great deal to this project. “The high tunnel is more of a season extension so you can gain a couple months on one end, and a couple months on the other end to get a longer growing season.”

What’s unique about this high tunnel, is all the crops will be used right at Knox College, where students can enjoy the fresh tomatoes straight from their own campus.

Discher says, “It’s so important to me because eating local and getting to know the community – that’s as good as anything. It’s healthy relationships and healthy food.”

Stanley adds, “How more local can you get than growing it on y our own campus. There are some students that really showed some great interest.”

Students are getting hands-on experience learning how to grow their own local foods in an environmentally friendly way.

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