Entering the hydroponic garden inside the Maryhaven Center of Hope in Yaphank feels a bit like entering a science lab. Thirty-nine futuristic towers of plants, including lettuce, kale, and mint, fill the room, surrounded in all directions by radiant fluorescent lights.
This way of growing produce is slowly cropping up in different farming operations on Long Island. Along with Maryhaven, Thera Farms in Brentwood is another site that uses hydroponics.
I wrote this story for Eat, Drink, & Be Long Island, a site created collectively by the students in my JRN 320: Multimedia and Advanced Storytelling II course at Stony Brook University. You can read the full story here.