Friday, March 8, 2013
Last October I made a contribution to a local school to help with expenses for a science / engineering project. The students were trying to build a hydroponic gardening system using recycled materials. If they were successful they were going to share the harvest. Among the other things involved was using heat from the sun, a few solar panels and a storage battery to run a small heater if it was too cold, and to run a few grow lights if it was too cloudy. Since the project finally had some success (after a few early setbacks) pictured here is my first dividend from that investment - red oak leaf lettuce. Next week I am expecting more lettuce and a few tomatoes. It's not exactly the same a Community Supported Agriculture, but in late winter it is more than sufficient.
Last night I cleaned the lettuce and added a few mild ingredients and a light dressing for a very fresh salad. The only problem is that it made me even more eager for spring.