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“Behind the Seeds” of Epcot’s Sustainability Exhibit

One thing I love about Epcot is that there is more to it than just the rides and exhibits.  One thing Epcot does is host a greenhouse aimed at finding more sustainable ways of growing food.  When I was here with Keri, I noticed some people walking around while we were on the The Living with the Land ride.  When I came here with my sister, I took my own tour behind the scenes, er—seeds.

A lot of the plants are cared for through hydroponics.

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Here are different herbs at various stages of growth.  Instead of growing a few stalks, they are almost able to grow them as bushes.

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The roots for many of the plants are exposed and receive water directly rather than pull water from soil.

 

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Here are zucchinis growing up, sort of like a tree.  They are able to make use of vertical space in addition to horizontal space, and are able to increase the yield per plant.

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They sprout the seeds on thin pieces of nutritious fabric.

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For some plants, they were sprouted on thin nutritious paper.

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Here they wrap the tomato plant around and around itself, allowing the vines to grow far longer than they would when existing as a standalone plant.

 

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They grow the pumpkins suspended above the ground, allowing them to grow huge.  Note the net though! The stems definitely cannot support this giant weight.

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They are looking at sustainable ways of growing cacao—a cause I can really get behind!

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And holy cow—nine pound lemons.  Seriously.  NINE.  You could make a whole pitcher of lemonade with just one!  But good luck finding a juicer it’ll fit into.  The one I use for cocktails will definitely not suffice.

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And I really want to try some edible flowers.

The food grown here is served in their restaurant, which I didn’t get a chance to check out.  But I want to someday!

The Behind the Seeds tour runs $20 a person, and you must reserve a tour time ahead of time.  The booth for it is right where you can get your fast-pass for Soaring, so you can grab both those at the same time.

 

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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