Hydroponics ~

Throughout the years, Oglebay’s greenhouses have served as a vital hub for growing, staging, and preparing plants to embellish the park’s surroundings. More than a century ago, Sallie Oglebay, the wife of Earl W. Oglebay, utilized these greenhouses to nurture palms, orchids, and other exotic flora, adorning their Oglebay residence.

In August 2023, Nate Harlan joined the Oglebay team Head Grower, bringing with him a wealth of expertise. A graduate from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in plant science and a minor in horticulture, Nate’s professional journey encompasses hands-on farming and laboratory work in plant genetics and breeding. His role is pivotal in rejuvenating farming practices at Oglebay through the integration of cutting-edge hydroponic technologies.

Excited by the potential and challenges inherent in Oglebay’s greenhouses, Nate envisions a future where fresh, flavorful produce enhances the culinary experiences for guests. Nates seeks to leverage hydroponic advancements to cultivate safe and sustainable crops, ranging from herbs and greens to tomatoes and strawberries, in collaboration with the culinary team.

Oglebay’s initiatives aim not only to enhance the park’s culinary offerings but also to reduce its carbon footprint significantly. By producing salad greens onsite, Oglebay minimizes packaging and transportation costs, effectively curbing emissions associated with long-distance shipping. The greenhouses, capable of accommodating up to 89 tower units with approximately 4,000 plants, are poised to yield an impressive bounty of fresh produce, including leafy greens, herbs, edible flowers, and microgreens, amounting to 200 lbs per week.

Additionally, Nate endeavors to educate guests about food production and sustainability, emphasizing the benefits of hydroponic farming, such as its substantially lower water consumption compared to conventional methods. proactively address food security issues.

Oglebay’s dedication to growing goodness not only enriches the culinary experience but also underscores the park’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.