Newtown College, Part of NPTCGroup of Colleges, is going all green-fingered as it introduces a new Horticulture course. This new addition has brought with it a new collaboration with Cultivate and a new initiative with the introduction of a lettuce wall to the Newtown College Foyer.
The new Level 1 & 2 Horticulture courses will be available from September. The course will utilize the facilities of Cultivate to do practical work, including accessing polytunnels, allotments, and projects within their grounds include growing via CEA.
The eye-catching addition of the lettuce tower in the Newtown College foyer is part of the Crop Cycle project, a Farm Urban system to cultivate lettuce and other greens using a soilless system of vertical towers. This project is funded by the Welsh Government to introduce indoor growing CEA of food crops into communities. While we live in a rural environment, new ways of nurturing plants, using what is known as hydroponics, are growing in popularity.
Cultivate is piloting a number of different controlled environment vertical farming systems to grow hyper-local nutritious crops to offer within the community.
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