Framingham Flyer Farms Courtyard
The Framingham Flyer Farms Courtyard is located at the Framingham High School. It is conveniently enclosed between buildings allowing protection from wildlife as well as providing a greenhouse effect to promote growth. The garden is utilized spring, summer and fall each year. Our chefs at the High school use each harvest to create a vast array of fresh and nutritious menu options for the entire Framingham School District.
Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn, Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Basil, Roses and Other Flowers
Want to get involved?
Students are welcome and encouraged to join the gardening fun! If you are interested or want more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Framingham Flyer Farm Hydroponic
What is the Hydrophonic Farm?
The Framingham Flyers Hydroponic Farm is a self-sustaining farm. Hydroponic means we never use any soil. Seeds are grown in moss pods and given water that has vitamins and minerals to ensure optimal growth. We never use any herbicides or pesticides so all of our produce is organic.
- The farm is a recycled shipping container, securing the produce from any environmental factors such as bugs and weather.
- Hydroponic farms use 90% less water than traditional farming in a garden.
- Our farm produces the same amount of lettuce as a two acre field!
- Every school in the Framingham district receives lettuce from the freight farm.
- You can get involved! Each year the Framingham Food Services Department employs high school students to help plant, grow and harvest in the freight farm. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in the school community and gain hands on learning experience. This opportunity gives Framingham students a unique perspective on biology, nutrition and hydroponic technology.
The Saxonville Gardens
The Saxonville Gardens will include a large vegetable garden, a small herb garden, and blueberry/raspberry bushes in the courtyard behind the cafeteria at FHS. The gardens will be watered by an irrigation system, creating a sustainable growing environment that will be a permanent part of the community.
Certain flowers and plants, such as gladiola and onions, will be planted to deter pests from destroying the garden. No pesticides will be used. Like the Obama Garden in Washington, this garden will be organic- and three times the size! Our community will benefit from locally grown and seasonally fresh foods.
Students will eat vegetables, fruits, and herbs from the garden in the cafeteria, as well as sell them at farmers’ markets. Throughout the district, students will have the opportunity to be involved in the Saxonville Gardens. For example, elementary students will plant seeds, while middle and high school students will then care for the plants in the gardens at FHS.
Our Saxonville Gardens Project can receive up to a $25,000 grant through Pepsi’s Refresh Everything Project, which will help groundbreaking plans to go smoothly this summer. After May 1st, you can vote for this project at www.refresheverything.com/Framingham. Votes are essential to win. Only your support will make this happen!
For more information, email Brendan Ryan, Food Service Administrator
Article written by:
Karen Hennelly, FHS Environmental Club Advisor & World Language Teacher
Liz Ellsworth, Town of Framingham’s School Recycling Coordinator
Framingham Flyers in the News
A student-maintained garden is a high school learning lab and a source for garden-grown produce in the lunchroom.