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

Hydroponics is the technique of growing plants using a water-based nutrient solution rather than soil, and students in the Agricultural Science program at the Wood County Technical Center have started their own businesses based around that principle.

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.

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