Growing Lettuce During an Outbreak
We are currently in the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 virus outbreak. Many governments are asking citizens to stay home as much as possible. Our local grocery stores have been very low on produce as many people have rushed to stock up before hunkering down. But, thanks to our indoor hydroponics system we have a steady supply of fresh greens without even leaving our house.
There are lots of reasons why we love having a hydroponics system in our home, especially during a time like this.
- Gives us a fresh source of vitamins & nutrients throughout this pandemic - keeps our immune systems strong
- We don't need to go to the grocery store for produce nearly as often, which reduces our exposure to any sickness. Usually produce is one of the food items people run out of the fastest (you can't freeze or can lettuce, I mean you probably could but...yuck). So we can have fresh leafy greens pretty much every day without really even going to the store
- We have a steady food supply without hoarding - with a pack of seeds, a bag of nutrients and a bag of grow plugs, we can grow lettuce for several months without stocking up
- No concern with disease or contamination in our food - there's no risk of our lettuce being handled by people who may be sick and we don't have to worry about other periodic lettuce recall issues from things like salmonella or e-coli. There's no dirt, it's just water, so that's a non-issue with hydroponics.
We believe that hydroponics can be a great option for empowering consumers to grow their own food and have delicious and nutritious food available during hard times, such as viral or bacterial contamination outbreaks.
If you'd like to give hydroponics a try in your home, check out our tutorial on building a hydroponic lettuce system!