Thanks to their high-tech hydroponic growing system in the greenhouse, the Whitley County High School agriculture department has been harvesting 72 plants of lettuce each week since mid-January. Now they have a market for that produce in the form of a downtown Corbin restaurant.
The Whitley County School District recently announced that The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery will now be serving this locally grown produce.
“With a hydroponics system, you can grow 30 times more produce than you can on that same plot of land outside. We can grow year round, and it is faster and more efficient,” Brian Prewitt, who teaches the agriculture, horticulture and greenhouse classes at WCHS, said in January when the first lettuce crop was harvested.
The school started putting the hydroponic system together in the fall, and planted the first crop of lettuce around Thanksgiving. The lettuce plants start as seeds in the nursery for four weeks before being put in the hydroponics rows to grow for another four weeks.
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