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Cabrillo’s horticulture students turn their attention to organic food production methods

Posted: Friday, Nov 23rd, 2012

Peter Shaw shows the root structure of an organic lettuce crop grown with aquaponics at the Cabrillo College Horticulture Department. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

APTOS — High above the hustle and bustle of college life, Cabrillo College student Max Laddon is preparing for a bumper crop of micro greens in one of the horticulture department’s hilltop labs.

Using a vacuum seeder, Laddon meticulously drops seeds the size of dust particles into a black growing tray.

The work requires a steady hand and good eyesight, and Laddon, who oversees the department’s crops of leafy greens and herbs, relishes the work.

“I’m a visual person and like to see things instead of just read about it — or being told,” Laddon said.

Previously at UCSC pursuing an economics degree, Laddon is now studying organic agriculture at Cabrillo College where he works as a student assistant in the horticulture department, which he calls “awesome.”

For the complete article see the 11-22-2012 issue.

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