Berkshire High School started using Great Lakes Growers living lettuce in September 2014 and continues to do so today in the Ohio Farm to School Initiative. The Ohio Farm to School Initiative is part of the USDA national network and encompasses many local, state and regional partners.
Ohio's Farm to School Initiative provides youth, pre-K through college, with access to nutritious meals, while supporting local farmers and communities. This program is intended to provide children with fresh, locally grown or raised food, and to educate them about many aspects of agriculture and their community.
The three main living lettuce varieties we use every day as part of our school lunches at Berkshire Jr/Sr High School are red butter, butter crunch, and multi-leaf butter crunch. We are so fortunate and proud to be able to offer such high-quality lettuce to our students every day.
Great Lakes Growers is our local hydroponic grower of fresh, delicious, clean and nutrition-packed lettuces and herbs. John Bonner is a co-owner and a Berkshire graduate who started GLG in 2011.
Hydroponic farming requires less space, less water, zero soil, zero chemicals and less growing time. And our lettuce doesn't have to travel cross country to get to our school lunch trays! It comes from less than a half mile away.
You can find Great Lakes Growers' living lettuces and living herbs in Giant Eagle, Heinen's and many local restaurants in the area.
Here's a great video of the farm - https://vimeo.com/126945897