Church gets hydroponic garden up and running

Church gets hydroponic garden up and running

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By MELANIE TUCKER
The Daily Times

MARYVILLE (AP) - Members of Cedar Point Church in Maryville are starting a new community outreach that has them growing green, leafy veggies and lush tomatoes on an acre of land behind the church.

Lead pastor Kurt Steinbach and his church have spent the last few weeks preparing the ground and installing a hydroponic system just outside the church's back door. The tomatoes, lettuce, kale, spinach, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and beans will all be grown without any dirt.

Hydroponics uses water, nutrients added to the water and a system of pots stacked vertically to make optimal use of the space. Instead of dirt, the root systems of the plants will have aged coconut fibers in which to establish themselves. That means no weeds to worry over and no red clay.

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