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US (FL): Disney World greenhouses produce 20 tons of food for restaurants

If you've ever ventured through the "Living with the Land" boat tour at Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park, there's a hidden adventure inside the greenhouses.

News 6 anchor Kirstin O'Connor took a "Behind the Seeds" tour alongside Les Frey, a horticulturist for Walt Disney World. From backstage, visitors can touch, taste and even test their knowledge of more than 150 plants grown around the world.

"We have a team of about 30 scientists with backgrounds in all forms of agriculture, so they work out here throughout the greenhouses daily, and will harvest the flowers, the herbs, the tomatoes, the cucumbers, and then deliver them right to the restaurants," Frey said.

Chefs from Walt Disney World restaurants Sunshine Seasons and Artist Point serve the produce daily, and can even make requests for certain fruits and vegetables to be grown.   

"Overall it's about 20 tons a year, that we harvest," Frey said.

All of the produce is grown hydroponically, a lesson the tour guides help guests take home with them.

Read more at News 6 (Kirstin O'Connor)

Publication date: 11/16/2017



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