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That funny looking contraption in the lobby at MTES is an aeroponic tower garden.  What is aeroponics? An advanced form of hydroponics, aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment rather than soil. Aeroponic systems use water, liquid nutrients and a soilless growing medium to quickly and efficiently grow more colorful, tastier, better smelling and incredibly nutritious produce. The aeroponic tower garden is on loan from the Whiting School and is being expertly maintained by Mrs. Hahn’s class. 

The students and staff in Mrs. Hahn’s class have been exercising their ‘green thumbs’ this school year.   The class started the garden from seeds in the classroom.  Instead of soil, the tower garden plants grow in a medium called rockwool, which provides plant roots with oxygen and consistent moisture, encouraging rapid, healthy growth. The class planted Basil, Rainbow Chard, Kale, Bib Lettuce, Arugula and Gourmet Lettuce.

Once the seedlings were strong enough they were transferred to the tower garden.  The tower garden mists the roots of the plants with all natural, mineral rich water throughout the day.  Plant lights cycle on and off providing the necessary light needed to grow happy, healthy plants.  The class took turns testing the pH levels and water levels while carefully caring for their growing plants. The kids said testing the pH levels was their favorite part of the project.

Mrs. Hahn’s class was able to harvest their crop and enjoy the fruits…rather…vegetables of their labor at their Salad Party.  The class was able to taste test and enjoy the vegetables that they’ve grown. Some were more popular than others, but overall everyone was excited to feast on their harvest. Favorites included the basil and rainbow chard.

Big thanks to the gardeners in Mrs. Hahn’s class for all their hard work and for sharing this experience with MTES.

To view photos from the Tower Garden Project, click HERE.