Hydroponic School Gardens – Alternative Schools Feeding Your Family
Many traditional “dairy farming” companies have long been drawn to science in order to ensure health and safety for their workers and consumers. Growing vegetables to feed their hungry customers has been less problematic for them as it has remained relatively inexpensive and considered both environmentally sustainable and valuable. However, with the increased interest of a number of medical professionals and parents in our local communities concerning the prolonged suffering of countless farm workers due to extremely stressful and impoverished working conditions, there’s a very real threat that, in the future, many of these same methods will be shut down – or at least it will be hampered, not just by concerns from society as a whole, but also from industry regulators.
Organic and hydroponic schools have been exploring this possibility with renewed interest and vigor since 2015, when the story of the young British farmer, Jake Southworth, hit the media, leading the way to a more complete understanding of farming methods and fresh approaches to alternatives to traditional farming that don’t carry the same stigma. Hydroponic school gardens have been gaining a steady growth in popularity since then, and they’ve grown to become a central focus within the “Naturals” movement, the comprehensive term used to encapsulate a range of products, initiatives, and techniques that are rooted in natural, healthy, and sustainable practices.
Let’s be honest: hydroponic farming techniques go way beyond the irrigation, maintaining, and – these days, at least – mostly tedious pest control and weed-killing that many people associate with the term. The concept has many distinct benefits that go far beyond the act of growing plants, starting with its strength in regulating the temperature of the whole building for a seemingly endless amount of time, meaning one does not have to spend as much time potentially inhaling stress-inducing elements like carbon dioxide and nitrogen before the crops can produce their final products. It also means the possibility of “picking foods from one location when the time to pick was up” is eliminated, no matter the time of year. This in turn means fewer kids spending the day struggling to get food from their parents because the school was closed because of a snowstorm, which in turn also helps to reduce the nation’s long-term dependence on foods grown in extreme conditions that often increase in price as the years go by.
The concept also supports a conscious approach to agriculture in general, not only by creating greater opportunities for school gardens throughout the year, but through its ability to take control of much of the burden associated with the current practice. With various growing methods able to supply a supply of food for months at a time, it means more affordable ways to feed yourself or your family if it takes a full year of school to fill your kitchen with the needed quantities of food to feed everyone properly. This can also potentially relieve the problems associated with countries like the US, which continue to import millions of pounds of unhealthy and expensive foods that many are able to create in their own kitchens, allowing them to avoid the low prices, often unhealthy ingredients, and expensive transportation associated with such high volumes of food.
In a matter of five years, the introduction of hydroponic school gardens have spread throughout the nation and has resulted in a range of new ideas and ways of thinking that are more widely accepted among a larger set of people who can no longer afford to ignore the problems present. In this, all credit goes to those who came before them, understanding that, as a country, we don’t deserve to pay through the nose for the wide range of products that end up in our dumpsters over time because farmers have somehow managed to profit from weinerschnitzel too. Because of hydroponic school gardens, we no longer need to pretend that we’re not a nation that has a much higher level of food dependence than we should – any more than we can pretend that we’re anything more than a nation that’s shaped by its poorest. What we need is for everyone to learn that we don’t have to choose between pursuing education as we have always done, and becoming the kind of society that champions sustainable, healthful, and natural agriculture practices that will contribute to the problems encountered in places that lack any semblance of these basic tenets.