Renny’s Herbs and Salads – a hydroponic farm in Zejtun

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Veggy Malta went to Zejtun to meet up with Renny Desira, owner of Renny’s Herbs and Salads. Renny’s operation is probably the oldest hydroponic farm in the island. He and his wife have been working in their hydroponic farm since 1997. That’s 21 long years.

I caught them whilst they were preparing some products for their clients. Their main client base are supermarkets and chefs, but they also have a few individual consumers. Everything is hand picked and packed. There is very little time to rest. There is always something to do. Either plant the seeds, or fixing something, organise the greenhouses, harvest and pack the produce

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If you want to cure a cold, chew three sage leaves until it annoys you. Its oil will kill the bacteria. Renny Desira

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But what is hydroponics? Unlike normal agriculture where the plants grow in the soil, in hydroponics the soil is replaced with water rich in minerals constantly pumped around the roots. In practice plants grow through photosynthesis, which is the process by which they use sunlight and the chemicals inside the leaves (chlorophyll) to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose and oxygen. Plants use soil for water and nutrients, but they will live without the soil given both water and nutrients.

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What grows at Renny’s hydroponic farm?

Renny grows a whole list of vegetables and herbs. The list of herbs includes: marjoram, (shiso, lemon, purple and bush) basil,sage, tarragon, thyme, (garlic and onion) chives, coriander, dill, rosemary, curly parsley, lemon verbana, lemon balm, bay leaves, (chocolate, pineapple and citrus) mint. The list of salad products includes: (fancy and purple) lettuce, (red and green) oak lettuce, butterhead and lollo biondo. 6 different types of mustard. You can also find some Asian salad varieties like mizuna.  Renny also has a list of microgreens including kohlrabi, red cabbage, garden crescent, alfa alfa and radish.

One nice patch inside the green house is the section dedicated to edible flowers.

Renny has a facebook page. To order it is best to contact them before going to Zejtun.

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Author: Darryl Grima

Darryl Grima is Veggy Malta's Editor. He has been a vegetarian for over 31 years and recalls a time when Malta was not so vegetarian and vegan friendly. Apart from blogging on vegetarian matters, Darryl is also active in environmental and animal welfare organisations. He holds a Diploma in Political Studies and a Masters in Business Administration.

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5 Comments

  1. Well done👌👏 we need more of this. Pls advertise more on the social media!

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  2. I didn’t know that Malta even had a hydroponic farm. Would like to visit..is it open for public visits?

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  3. I am trying to start to grow some tomatoes on my balcony with Aeroponics. I am looking for shops in Malta that supply parts like mist nozzles, pumps etc. Can anybody give me some pointers where to look?
    Thanks!
    Marcel

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    • Hi Marcel,
      I would recommend the nurseries or even the farmer’s co-ops (there are a couple of farmer’s co-ops shops). Keep us informed about how the project gets along 🙂
      Thanks
      VM

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