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USA: Wall of Lettuce is Growing in School Cafeteria

USA: Wall of Lettuce is Growing in School Cafeteria

At Miles River Middle School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, there is a new, 14×10-foot vertical hydroponic wall garden. The hydroponic, three-tiered plant system is screwed into the wall of the cafeteria. Right now, it’s growing lettuce. Down the road, the school hopes to harvest basil, oregano and maybe even strawberries. The full yield will be used by cafeteria staff in their once-a-week salad bar, but some will be donated to the Acord Food Pantry in Hamilton. The wall was custom-designed and built by Rootdown Hydroponics Indoor Garden Center of Medford with funding from the Hamilton-Wenham Education Fund and is being led by the school’s Danielle Petrucci. “Schoolwide, everyone has access to the wall,” she says. “We didn’t want to limit it to a small group of kids in certain classrooms. It’s a part of the curriculum for all to use.”

(Source: salemnews.com)