Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Hydroponics in Action
The group got the opportunity to visit Blue Harbor Plantation where lettuce, herbs, flowers and fruits are grown for sale on Roatan. We learned how a person with a PhD in soil science can become a profitable producer of hydroponic produce in a tropical paradise. Val, the proprietor of the hydroponic operation, welcomed the group and shared his expertise in this fascinating operation. Although we all thought the tropical climate would be ideal for growing plants, we were surprised to learn that lettuce actually prefers cooler temperatures than the island provides. We saw how plants are planted, rooted, watered and eventually harvested. After this experience, we won’t take our salads for granted.