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A teaching tool for maximizing agricultural production arrived at PVHS in an 18-foot box truck on Wednesday.

Students from Hector Guerra’s Ag Bio and Riccardo Magni’s AP Environmental Science courses got a tour of the magical green house that is powered by waste vegetable oil.

The Compass Green Project is a school on wheels, featuring a functional greenhouse that produces vegetables, grains and herbs.

During the presentation, students learned about the importance of bio intensive agriculture, everyday preservation of farmlands, and their responsibilities as young adults. They also examined methods of sustainable farming such as producing the maximum yields with the minimum amount of resources and space.

"I am so glad that Justin Cutter from the Compass Green Project came to PVHS,’’ Magni said. "He was not only able to tell my AP Environmental Science class about sustainable agriculture; he was able to walk us into his mobile greenhouse and show us these techniques in action."

The Compass Green Project has taught nearly 40,000 students across the country and catalyzed numerous school gardens.

"With an ever-increasing population and alarming decrease in farmable soil, we feel it is important to share practical solutions to turn our situation of agricultural scarcity into one of abundance,’’ Cutter said.

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