Faulkinberry says his best advice to other operators would be to get everyone involved early, especially administrators, since many are looking to invest in sustainability projects. Clifford also recommends partnering with local resources such as their local hydroponic farmer.
“[That partnership] was critical for us in getting the garden up and running,” Clifford says. “We were able to purchase from him for a year leading up to the garden, so we were able to help out a local business. For supporting his business he was willing to help us build the garden. It was win-win.”