Barton Farm Hydroponics

Marlborough College Malaysia’s very own pupil-designed and run farm continues to expand its horizons with the installation of two hydroponics systems, which were generously donated by the Marshall family.

The Barton Farm hydroponic system enables plants to grow without the use of soil; instead, they draw all their nutrients from the water passing along the tubes in which they are planted. The hydroponic system allows planting to take place vertically, which is ideal if space or soil is very restricted, such as on a balcony of a high-rise apartment, in a concrete courtyard or against a wall. 

When using this system, growth is rapid; it can take as little as 7 days from seed to the salad bowl and another benefit is that the plants tend to mature at the same time, making harvesting easier and more reliable. 

Pupils have the opportunity to get a close-up view of how the system works, to see how roots and shoots establish themselves and then, very quickly, they get to eat the final product.

Currently, the smaller of the two units is being used for salad leaves and herbs, whilst the larger unit is being used for growing a variety of larger vegetables such as pak choi. 

Elsewhere, the farm continues to thrive growing a variety of produce including cantaloupe melons, avocados, lemons, limes, kang kung, long beans, sugar cane, and cucumbers. The produce grown on the farm makes its way to the dining hall where it is consumed at meal times by the pupils and staff.

 

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