To many people, the farm is a just a place to grow fresh vegetables, raise animals and tend a beehive or two.But the creators of the new Roots Charter High School see the farm as a learning tool: a way to teach students basic subjects like math, science and language arts as well as life skills such as hard work, accountability and “reaping what you sow.” […]

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Roots Charter High School founder Tyler Bastian poses for a portrait Thursday, May 21, 2015. Roots Charter High School will open this fall and use farming and agriculture as a way to teach students about math, science, English and arts.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Roots Charter High School founder Tyler Bastian poses for a portrait Thursday, May 21, 2015. Roots Charter High School will open this fall and use farming and agriculture as a way to teach students about math, science, English and arts.

Utah currently has 110 charter schools and Roots is believed to be the first farm-based option in the state. Bastian said it is modeled after an 18-year-old charter school in New Haven, Conn., called Common Ground. Besides a high school, Common Ground operates an environmental education center and an urban farm.

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