Reynoldsburg City Schools News Article

(HS)2 STEM Academy Teacher Receives Growing to Green Award

Growing to Green

If you are interested in cover crops, worms for composting and strawberry bags, then you might want to take a class from (HS)2 STEM Academy Teacher Mr. Horn. With classes like Greenhouse, Agriculture and Biotechnology Food, Plants, and Animals, he shares his student's passion about learning where your food comes from, farm to table.

As a result of his passion, Mr. Horn and the Slow Food Reynoldsburg Urban Farm, which consists of a greenhouse and raised crop beds on a tennis court, was honored with the 2020 Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award. The award is presented to a community garden that has shown a significant and sustainable impact on the health and vitality of the community through Children’s Education, Job Training and/or Celebrating Culture.

Presented by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and the Bowden Family, the winner of this award will receive $750. to further impact the community and garden project.

Mr. Horn received the award virtually during the Growing to Green Awards Ceremony, which honors the dedication and hard work of many central Ohio communities and individuals while furthering Growing to Green’s objective of promoting participation in city beautification and community gardening.

Growing to Green is Columbus’ largest organized effort to promote and provide free community resources for community gardening and city beautification. Initiated in March 2000, Growing to Green has assisted in the start-up or renovation of more than 300 community gardens throughout the central Ohio area.

Growing to Green assists individuals and groups interested in starting a community garden, neighborhood beautification project, or a school learning garden.

Mr. Bill Dawson from the Franklin Park Conservatory presented the award in person to Mr. Horn with (HS)2 Principal Ms. Garla Brown and Wesley, a junior from Mr. Horn's Greenhouse class.

Click here to watch Mr. Horn accept the award!

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