Did you know that cucumber roots smell exactly like a freshly sliced cucumber?

Did you know that cucumber roots smell exactly like a freshly sliced cucumber?

Palmer Trinity School (PTS) seventh-grade students participated in a hydroponic farming program designed to teach students the science behind the alternative food production method and its benefits.

PTS students admiring the strawberries they  cultivated hydroponically

PTS students admiring the strawberries they  cultivated hydroponically

The term hydroponic originates from the ancient Greek word “hydros” meaning water, and “ponos” meaning work. The seventh-grade class studied

hydroponic farming using an aero system under the instruction of PTS science teacher Natalia Zurcher, and an ebb and flow hydroponic system taught by science teacher Traci Metzler.

Metzler’s Ebb & Flow Hydroponic Grow Wall

Metzler’s Ebb & Flow Hydroponic Grow Wall

Throughout the course of the academic school year, all the participating students learned about water quality, nutrients, the effects of white, red and blue light, pH, and electrical conductivity as they grew produce using the alternative farming methods. They have grown lettuce, cucumbers, basil, bok choy, several varieties of mint, flowers, strawberries, and even a tomato.

Zurcher’s Aeroponic Tower Garden

Zurcher’s Aeroponic Tower Garden

“We hope that our students have opened their minds to farming techniques that not only require less time and money but avoid the use of toxic chemical resulting in the production of faster and healthier food. Hydroponics is a new way to farm, and maybe with the help of a few Palmer Trinity seventh grade students, it could very well dominate food production in the future,” expressed Metzler. 

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