MARTIN, Ky. (FOX 56) – AppHarvest announced their next school-based container farm in eastern Kentucky on Monday 29, 2021.

Students and Future Famers of America members at Floyd County School of Innovation in Martin will now be a part of Appharvest’s container farm program and be able to feed their community all while getting their hands on new tech.

These student programs started in 2018 with the goal of fostering interest in high-tech farming as AppHarvest seeks to create America’s Agtech capital within Appalachia and eastern Kentucky.

The shipping container serves as a hands-on agricultural classroom for students, allowing them to grow and provide fresh leafy greens to their classmates and those in need in their communities while using AppHarvest’s Agtech such as LED lighting and a closed-loop irrigation system.

“This is really special. These FFA students are gonna have more hands-on experience with the latest agriculture technology than anyone else in this country or perhaps in this world,” said Gov. Andy Beshear.

This is the seventh container farm the company has planted in schools across the commonwealth and comes after reported losses in early November.

AppHarvest announced three new full-scale indoor farms will come to Berea, Richmond, and Somerset with the goal of 12 facilities in Appalachia by 2025.