What is Hydroculture?
Hydroculture is the act of utilizing water to cultivate plant growth instead of traditional soil. Hydroculture is exceptionally important because it can be used to grow vegetables almost anywhere there is suitable water, bringing food to more people across the globe. The Nova Hydroculture project seeks to provide students with a greater understanding of what hydroculture is and how it can be used, and then how it will be used to benefit them and their communities.
This method of plant growth is one that is highly beneficial, seeing as these plants can be harvested faster and have no chance of containing soil-borne bacteria. Also, once water is used in the hydroculture system it can be reused as many times as necessary, recirculating any beneficial minerals still in the water. This type of plant growth system is exciting to work with first-hand as well, as the plant's roots can be seen growing over time in the clear system. Students will also manage and collect the pH, temperature, ammonia, nitrate and nitrate levels throughout the process, so every bit of the project's progress will be collected and used to graph and record journal entries relating to the gardens.