2YH: Hydroponic gardening to grow fresh vegetables in Alaska

Published: Jun. 19, 2018 at 7:58 PM AKDT
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Looking for growing fresh produce, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Anchorage Museum are using the hydroponic gardening technology, which is run with water, no soil needed.

Across town, the University of Alaska Anchorage started a hydroponic garden growing spinach, kale, and greens beans.

Kojin Tranberg, UAA Community Programs Coordinator, said the garden was funded by the campus green fee, to promote environmental and sustainability.

Tranberg says it's used to supply fresh greens to the campus lounge the Daily Den. Tranberg hopes the hydroponic garden can be used as a source for helping others.

"Hunger can be an issue homelessness can be an issue that's nothing different on campus," Tranberg said.

The Anchorage Museum utilizes their vertical hydrographic garden for growing, learning and teaching.

Erin Marbarger, a staff member at the Anchorage Museum, said the garden introduces kids to science, technology, math, and engineering.

"It showcases what awesome intonations we have in our state and to show science going on and have science happening on our floor," said Marbarger.