Microgreens and Shoots
Microgreens are seedlings of edible herbs and vegetables that are harvested in as little as ten days after planting. These seedlings are then used to spice up the flavor of a dish or used as a garnish to ensure a plate makes an impression. Don't underestimate microgreens' nutritional value due to their size though, they are actually nutrient packed. One study found that a microgreen contained forty times more Vitamin E and six times more Vitamin C than their more mature counterparts. Microgreens and shoots can be seen currently growing at Dub's Café in the Warwick Center.
Aquaponics is the combination of hydroponics and aquaculture. Hydroponics is a way of growing plants without soil, while aquaculture is the process of farming fish. Combining these two concepts is aquaponics, where the system is a closed ecosystem. The fish provides ammonia through their waste, which is converted to nitrates and nitrites by beneficial bacteria, which is then used by the plants to fuel their growth and keep the water safe for the fish. Check out the aquaponics system located in Wagoner Hall!
UNCW Campus Dining has two main on-campus cultivation programs: the microgreens and shoots cultivation program, and the aquaponics demonstration. Both of these programs provide our dining facilities across campus with fresh ingredients that have a minimal impact on the environment. These programs reduce the transportation, fertilizer, pesticide, water use, and other environmental impacts these products would have if produced in a traditional manner.