The hydroponics system at Southern Garrett High School Agriculture Education Greenhouse will be updated thanks to two grants. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without soil in water.
Grants were received from the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association and the Maryland Food Council. The updates will allow the program to use less water and maximize space in the greenhouse.
“Our goal is to build new frames to house replacement hydroponic channels,” said Bethany Meyers, agriculture education teacher and Oakland FFA adviser. “Each of the channels has the ability to hold eight heads of lettuce or of the crop we grow. Lettuce, spinach and even tomatoes are some of the fresh produce that we will be growing.”
These updates will also allow the program to produce 320 vegetable plants at a time. The produce grown can be sold to the school cafeteria and the community.
The overall goal for the hydroponic system is to provide the school and community with fresh local produce growth by agriculture education students.