Lettuce tell you about some Career and Technical Education (CTE) students who have sold hydroponically grown produce to Parkersburg South High School.

Students in the Agricultural Science program at the Wood County Technical Center have started their own businesses based around hydroponics. The business is called Blennerhassett Valley Greens where they grow, harvest and sell their own produce.

“We broke it down into three sections,” said Michelle Sampson, explaining their name. “Blennerhassett being our FFA chapter, Valley because we’re in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and Greens because we’re growing greens.”

Sampson said they have done greenhouse sales in the past but this is a new experience for the group. “This is the first time we’ve ever really marketed hydroponics and did the whole business plan,” Sampson said. The students not only grow the produce using hydroponics but also build the equipment needed for the process.

“It started with our group, construction maintenance,” student Trenton Welch said. “The hydroponic table was built specifically for the dimensions of our greenhouse.” Agricultural Science instructor Jeremy Greene said the students began their construction the first week of September and put their first germination in the second week of October.

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