Fish raceways used to raise millions of young salmon and steelhead for nearly a century could be used to grow shiitake mushrooms, wasabi and perhaps even shrimp, all cultivated by kids and sold for profit.

Footpaths over Ginger Creek will get new bridges wide enough for golf carts to ferry disabled kids into old-growth Douglas fir groves and grassy expanses at the former Butte Falls Hatchery, reported the Mail Tribune. Two adjacent homes on the property could house homeless kids, while another could provide quarters for college students working on research projects.

Four years after it took possession of most of the former hatchery, the Butte Falls School District is launching an ambitious effort to turn the retired facility into a destination learning center with myriad ventures so it could eventually pay for itself.


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