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Meet the budding hydroponic farmer feeding George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

Thursday, March 16, 2017 17:00
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Donielle Nolan, Greenhouse and Gardens Specialist, Office of Sustainability. Photo by Evan Cantwell.

In its first year, the Greenhouse supplied Mason’s kitchens with 1,400 pounds of greens, valued at $14,400.

By Buzz McClain
George Mason University
Mar 15, 2017


The hydroponic garden Nolan oversees conforms to the certified standards required by Mason’s food service provider, Sodexo, to be an official vendor of fresh produce for use in Mason kitchens. In its first year, the Greenhouse supplied Mason’s kitchens with 1,400 pounds of greens, valued at $14,400.

“The goal is 2,000 pounds a year,” Nolan said. That would be valued at $20,000.

Marcelli has no doubts Nolan will hit that goal.

“She’s a perfectionist, and whatever she does, she will do at a very high level,” Marcelli said. “She has so much potential to grow in her job. I can see her as a PhD student without any problem.”

Nolan also wants to share what she’s learned with others.

“I love teaching,” she said, adding that working with the student volunteers is one of her favorite aspects of the job. “I’m so enthusiastic about plants, and I’m enthusiastic about other people who want to learn. The enthusiasm is contagious.”

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