Tucked away inside a small, rural school 200 miles away from Bozeman sits an experimental room where Montana State University students have been dedicated to fine-tuning the future of agriculture.

Grow towers with red and purple lights brim with bushels of lettuce, their spider-like roots suspended into water bins. Buckets filled with clay pellets boast tomato and pepper plants, spiked with lively green leaves and budding fruit.

Isabel Hicks is a Report for America corps member. She can be reached at 406-582-2651 or ihicks@dailychronicle.com.