Date: May 7, 2013
SUBJECT: STUDENTS RAISE HYDROPONIC LETTUCE FOR USE IN KEETER CENTER’S DOBYNS DINING ROOM
By: Haley Jones
The College of the Ozarks Horticulture Department is now growing lettuce in an unconventional way. Without soil the College raises hydroponic lettuce in nutrient-enriched water.
In this year-round method, lettuce grows in trays that circulate nutrient-enriched water. The plants receive approximately six ounces of nutrients per minute. After 28 days, students may then harvest the produce.
By producing lettuce in a more efficient and cleaner way, the Horticulture Department will take care of the lettuce demand at Dobyns Dining Room in The Keeter Center.
“The hydroponic system we put in the greenhouse this semester has definitely been a learning experience for me,” student Terri Threewit said. “It is unique and intriguing to be able to watch the lettuce from the time we seed it to the time we harvest it.”
The Keeter Center will feature the hydroponic lettuce in several dishes, including its house salad, and smoked salmon lettuce wrap.