UNH donates lettuce, fish, grown in aquaponics systems
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire’s Agricultural Experiment Station has donated almost 5,000 heads of lettuce and 1,100 pounds of fish grown in aquaponics systems this year to food pantries and other places.
The donations also include fish carcasses sent to lobster fishermen in Portsmouth and/or composted at a research farm; 44 boxes of tomatoes; 28 boxes of peppers; and 400 pounds of squash.
The food was grown as part of experiment station-funded research, much of which aims to develop nutritious, good-tasting food varieties ideal for the state’s growing conditions.
UNH says it expects to produce 750 heads of lettuce per week from three new recirculating farm greenhouses at a research farm, which also will initially produce 500 to 600 pounds of fish per year.