Elham Fathidarehnijeh, a master's student at Memorial's Grenfell Campus, has developed a household hydroponic system aimed at addressing the limited access to fresh produce in Newfoundland and Labrador. With a scarcity of farms and grocery stores in the region, food security challenges prevail, exacerbated by climate change and a short growing season in Newfoundland and Labrador . Fathidarehnijeh's unique space-efficient hydroponic system, designed as part of her master's program in Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences, has the potential to alleviate these issues.
Hydroponics, the cultivation of plants in a soilless nutrient solution under controlled conditions, forms the basis of her creation. The vertical design of the system allows for practical use within households, while providing an ample food supply for residents. This system enables individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador to grow their own leafy vegetables year-round, cost-effectively meeting their specific needs. Fathidarehnijeh has successfully designed, fabricated, and evaluated the first prototype of her vertical hydroponic system. She has submitted a scientific draft to a Canadian journal and plans to submit her thesis in early fall. Her efforts in this emerging field of hydroponics hold promise for improving food security and promoting sustainable food production in households throughout the region.
Corner Brook, NL