Marlan Showalter shows how he grows lettuce at his hydroponic gardens at Keister Elementary School during Farm to School week. Showalter provides lettuce to Harrisonburg City Schools throughout the school year as well as to schools in Prince William and Goochland counties, Eastern Mennonite University, A Bowl of Good café as well as selling it at farmers’ markets. Showalter started his hydroponic gardens in 2008 and in 10 years he said he has doubled his lettuce production. “You have to have the interest of someone at the schools who wants to make it happen,” he explained as he delivers his lettuce in reuseable totes packed with whole heads which take extra steps to be prepared into salad, unlike commercial lettuce which comes ready to serve straight out of a bag.

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