“Farm-to-Table” is far from just a catch phrase these days; in many great restaurants, it’s a way of life. Students that are exploring a career in the Culinary Arts are putting themselves ahead of the competition by learning just how farm-to-table really works, and our new greenhouse is the perfect place to plant this foundation of learning.
If you’re considering a career in the Culinary Arts, please allow us to introduce to you the benefits of hydroponic gardening, which we are proud to say will start with our very own on-site greenhouse!
- Nutritional Benefits. Produce that is grown in the ground will almost inevitably need to have pesticides included during the growing process. While most of these can be washed off during cleaning, produce grown in hydroponic environments eliminate these worries altogether – your produce stays clean from seed to harvest! Hydroponic gardening is also not contingent on any soil rotation or traditional farming needs. You have the ability to plant whatever produce you’re inclined to grow without the worries of depleted nutritional or growing value.
- Environmental Benefits. Less fossil fuels are used when the produce is grown in your backyard, as there is no need to utilize trucks and cargo to move fruits and vegetables from one place to another, thus, your carbon footprint is lowered by having a greenhouse at hand. Greenhouse systems allow the use of limited space to produce copious amounts of crops when done correctly. Urban, suburban, and even rural environments can benefit from the minimal space that is needed for hydroponic gardening systems. The soil is saved, as well as space, in greenhouses that are built to maximize closed growing environments without depleting natural resources. In a closed greenhouse environment, these potentially damaging effects are nearly non-existent. You’re afforded the opportunity to learn how to utilize recycled materials, such as composting organic waste and using recyclable materials as housing for plants.
- Economic Advantages. Tying in all of the aforementioned ideas, those involved in the Culinary Arts have certainly benefited economically from the advantages that are provided by hydroponic gardening. Because the gardens reside in your backyard, you are only paying for the seeds and facility upkeep. When buying from other produce companies, the cost can rise exponentially as quality increases, but by utilizing hydroponic gardening, you have the benefit of perfecting your produce without paying top dollar for the transportation and growing costs!
Interested in learning more about what a career in Culinary Arts can provide to you? Contact us, and let us know how we might be able to help you further your career!