HAMBURG, NY (WKBW-TV) — Jason Henry says his little lettuce operation in Hamburg is just "an experiment" adding "we've got it scheduled so there is a fresh crop of plants coming out every week".
Jason is experimenting with Hydroponic agriculture. Growing plants with water and nutrients, and no soil.
What's remarkable about Jason's set-up in his words "it's outfitted to produce 40,000 heads of lettuce per year, over 16,000 pounds of fresh, local lettuce available any day." All of that output is taking place in a small green house less than a tenth of an acre.
He's growing five varieties including romaine, leafy green, leafy red, Boston and Boston red. Jason's lettuce can be purchased at Braymiller Market.
Jason is the third generation of the Kenneth Henry Sons Inc, a family farm that specializes in flowers.
According to Jason this lettuce operation may be the farming of the future. He says "We are definitely thinking of expanding".
Kenneth Henry Sons Inc. 6951 Gowanda State Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075