Jordan DeBoer, Sophomore
The Millionair’s Club is a food bank in Seattle that unlike most other food banks does not ask the people questions upon entering. Anyone can come in and get food. Also, in the basement of the club they have a hydroponics system growing lettuce to use for the food bank. The club has had the system for a few years now. The director of the club had only recently been put in charge of the system only five months ago but seemed very knowledgeable and well versed about the entire hydroponics system. The hydroponics system at the club was growing lettuce but have also grown other vegetables as well.
Our group went into the basement of the building where the club was housed and were almost immediately blinded by LED lights above the pools of water helping the lettuce plants grow. We learned about how the plants are planted as seeds, to the growing stages, and the final finished product to when the lettuce plants are fully grown enough to be harvested and later eaten. Our group learned about the types of light and temperature the plants like and thrive in and also about how it is best to grow plants in water using rock salt. The lettuce grows healthier and better and is less prone to diseases from other forms of feeding the plants, such as using fish and worm fecal matter. After touring the hydroponic pools our group went inside the gigantic walk-in coolers and freezers, also in the club. The coolers and freezers contained inside of them donated foods from stores around the city, everything from breads and grains, to meats and poultry, to fruits and vegetables, to cakes and desserts.
Hydroponics, although expensive and time consuming to buy and set up, is a genius and highly sustainable new way to grow and harvest plants and crops. It is healthier and once set up and working correctly, is more sustainable at growing and harvesting crops in a hunger world that revolves around advances in sustainable technology for growing food.