Essex Valley School will be introducing a brand new Hydroponics Class this coming September. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is the growing of plants in a soilless medium, or an aquatic based environment. Hydroponic growing uses mineral nutrient solutions to feed the plants in water, without soil. With the help of Science, Culinary Arts and Landscaping, this class will give students the knowledge to grow various plants and vegetables in an indoor setting. Students will also be able to grow their own vegetables and take them home to cook and eat.
The landscaping class has made significant changes to the Essex Valley School grounds. Improvements include planting annual and perennial flowers, as well as a recent installation of a 1600 square foot vegetable garden. Students have been learning about various planting techniques and how to grow vegetables from seed. Future projects will include installing greenhouse windows to the landscaping room and building a waterfall rock garden behind the main office.