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Camden County Hydroponics Greenhouse Begins To Grow (Pun Intended)

Camden County Hydroponics Greenhouse Begins To Grow (Pun Intended)

Through support from the Board of Freeholders, Camden County’s Office of Sustainability, along with Rutgers Master Gardeners, have been diligently working on their first hydroponics system to provide nutritious, delicious produce to local partners, including the Camden County College and the Cooper House Restaurant.

Hydroponics is a soil-less approach to gardening that has been utilized for thousands of years. Hydroponic gardening tends produce larger plants and higher yields due to the nutrient rich solution delivered directly to the plant root system. This makes for easier access to nutrients compared to traditional soil gardening in which the plants need to search for nutrients. Furthermore, the reuse of the nutrient solution utilizes less water than conventional gardening.

Ultimately, the projects mission is to create a place to produce locally-grown fruits and vegetables in an environment where food safety, nutrition, and water conservation are our key principles to combating food deserts in low-income urban areas, and where people of all walks of life and all levels of ability can actively participate in a Sustainable Camden County and Rutgers Master Gardener collaboration to improve our community’s well-being. The team recently completed the construction phase and is now on to the seeding and transplanting phase. They are currently growing a variety of microgreens and lettuces using a form of hydroponics system referred to as ebb and flow and are in the process of adding a different type of system (Dutch-bucket) to grow select tomatoes and cucumbers.