Lettuce is for more than just salad to the students in the Greenhouse Class at Northern Burlington County Regional High School in Columbus.
Students are growing black-seeded Simpson lettuce in an exercise in hydroponics. The lettuce is nourished in a solution rather than in soil. Keith Dannucci, the agricultural science teacher who leads the class, said the students had already harvested one crop of lettuce. They took it home to their families, who ate it and pronounced it "delicious."
Another crop of lettuce will be harvested before the end of the school year, Dannucci said. The high school has a strong agricultural science and animal science program. Not only do students grow plants and flowers in the greenhouse, they tend to goats, chickens and rabbits.