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Monday, April 24, 2017  


 
Our mission is to educate our students about the concept of farm to table and how it's done with hydroponics. This is a hands on experience involving planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, caring for the plant as it matures, harvesting the crop and finally eating the fruits of their labor in our own CSAT kitchens.
 


 
HISTORY
Our greenhouse is the only one in WNY that is dedicated to educating K-12 students. Our facility is a smaller version of a commercial unit. This allows students to work in the greenhouse throughout the school year in a controlled environment. The majority of our plants are grown hydroponically using water and dissolved nutrients rather than soil. Hydroponics is used throughout the U.S. and in many other parts of the world.
This method of farming has many benefits over the use of soil:
  • Faster growth
  • Better tasting foods
  • Less land and labor needed
  • Less crop failure
  • The ability to grow plants in any season
  • Less fertilizer needed (our nutrient solutions are recycled which helps to preserve the water table) and many more. 
We are currently
Growing 
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Basil
Various other herbs
Variety of Tomatoes
 
[All of these crops are used in the senior kitchens with possible future plans to add the elementary and possibly the middle school]
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