The Berkshire Local Schools thanks Great Lakes Growers for being such a fantastic partner and allowing our student to grow in their engagement and interaction with their plant growing processes. Such was the case earlier this week when first grade students, who have been learning about the needs of living things and plants in general, took a virtual field trip to the Great Lakes Growers’ operation in Middlefield to learn more about how they grow plants hydroponically. Students received a tour of the greenhouses and saw various plants in different life cycle stages. They also saw how technology is used to water the plants, control the amount of sun and monitor the temperature of the greenhouse as well move the plants through the greenhouse. One interesting point of instruction came regarding how plants need specific light to grow and why Great Lakes Growers uses a pink light in their greenhouse. Thanks to John and Kara Bonner and their two daughters, Belle and Lola, for showing the first grade students all around through this virtual environment.