The St. John Restaurant’s harvesting season has just started, bringing produce they grow in their greenhouse, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce, to the restaurant.
The St. John Restaurant farm-to-table director, Luke Dugas, said this is the only restaurant in the area using a greenhouse farm-to-table program.
Dugas, a St. Martinville native, graduated from LSU with a degree in environmental engineering. After graduating in 2021, he spent time traveling around the country designing and installing indoor farming facilities until he was called home to plan and design the hydroponic greenhouse at The St. John Restaurant.
Dugas said the greenhouse opened a year ago, and this year, they are set to provide 2/3 of the produce at their restaurant. They use a “Dutch bucket” hydroponic system where a nutrient reservoir is filled with water. The technique eliminates soil by using nutrients in place- lessening their footprint.
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