The Beth Greenhouse, located at the corner of Osborne Terrace and Lehigh
Avenue at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, is a sustainable, hydroponic
greenhouse that will produce more than 20,000 pounds of high quality,
nutritious, locally grown lettuce, herbs and greens to the Newark area
each year. The Greenhouse is a unique was to educate community residents,
provide year-round needed access to healthy foods, and offer job training
opportunities to those with intellectual disabilities.
For questions about volunteer opportunities, health and wellness activities,
internships and job training, contact:
The Beth Greenhouse is currently growing kale, string beans, strawberries,
zucchini, cucumbers, basil, parsley, romaine lettuce, spring mix lettuce
Hydroponic farming is a highly productive, environmentally friendly, and
space efficient means of farming which offers numerous benefits for both
the producer and consumer. It is a method of growing plants using mineral
nutrient solutions that are delivered to the plants in irrigation water
eliminating the need for soil. It saves water, eliminates agricultural
runoff and chemical pesticide and offers the benefits of efficient, high-yield,
local, year-round food production.
At The Beth Greenhouse, a continuous flow of nutrient rich water is recirculated
in the system. We utilize one-tenth the water, one quarter of the fertilizer
and one-eighth the space of a traditional agriculture operation. Our sterile,
soil-free growing environment is off the ground on tables and in mobile
containers eliminating the risk of pathogens. This is particularly important
in light of the increase in food borne illnesses, such as E. coli and
Crops at The Beth Greenhouse can grow as least 20 percent faster than traditionally-farmed
crops, as they receive exactly the correct amount of nutrients, water
and oxygen. This control over plant nutrition also provides our produce
with optimal flavor and quality.
You can help support The Beth Greenhouse by making a donation today.
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