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US (NJ): Camden County continues to grow during the new year

Despite a lack of snow across South Jersey this winter season, the cold weather and frigid temperatures still prevent the flourishing of plants, crops and other growth in Camden County.

For several years, the county has found a 21st-century way of getting around the seasonal  barrier: It prepares and provides various plants and vegetables to nonprofits and county groups through the use of a hydroponics greenhouse that needs no soil, as well as a traditional greenhouse at its Lakeland Campus.

Through the Office of Sustainability, master gardeners and staff use advanced growing techniques to provide nonprofits and other organizations such as The Cathedral Kitchen and The Philadelphia Zoo lettuce, cherry tomatoes, herbs and more items throughout the year.

Careful use of energy, light and temperature allow for heads of lettuce to be grown in as little as one month from plant to harvest, with the fastest batch growing in just 12 days, according to members of the office.

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