For years, Winston-Salem city officials have touted a hydroponic greenhouse initiative as an innovative solution to food insecurity. But the project was massively delayed and went way over budget. A portion of that money went to a contractor that the city says ultimately didn’t finish the job. Now, officials are betting on a new manager to turn things around.
A long-delayed city-run hydroponic greenhouse has new management. Nonprofit organization H.O.P.E. will receive nearly $538,000 over a two-year contract to run the facility.
A hydroponic greenhouse funded by the City of Winston-Salem is now on track to open in October, after city staffers took over management from the nonprofit first tasked with the job.
In September of 2016, the city of Winston-Salem took a big leap. It decided to invest in hydroponic farming — the practice of growing plants in liquid rather than soil.
Many organic tomatoes or peppers are grown in greenhouses, where they get nutrients from water. Critics say that violates the spirit of "organic." A bid to strip them of the label failed this week.
The National Organic Standards Board this week plans to decide if hydroponically grown foods – a water-based model of cultivation – can be sold under the label "certified organic."
The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed indoors using hydroponics. The new diet is making some Central Valley sheep very happy.