Hydrofarm Humboldt County Office of Education, Karen Brooks

Imagine the chilly Humboldt coastal climate…not too hard to do — with the humidity on the coast the cool weather seems cooler and 60 degrees can seem uncomfortably hot.  Then imagine stepping from the chilly winter, spring, fall or summer day — into a sauna.  That is what it is like entering the greenhouse Hydrofarm  the Humboldt County Office of Education is operating on the Redwood Acres property.

But it isn’t that easy to just step into the Hydrofarm.  Because it is an enclosed system any introduced pathogen will run rampant.  First you must set aside any purses and jackets — then wash your hands when you enter.  Does it sound like a laboratory?  Then I’m describing it correctly.  In this lab students are learning to use soil-less blocks to grow vegetables for a small farmers market as well as local restaurants.

Listen to Part 1 of the 2-part interview with Karen Brooks here.

Listen to Part 2 of the 2-part interview with Karen Brooks here.

 

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