Happy Star Wars Day!
Star Wars Day, on the 4th of May, is the designated date die-hard fans of the franchise have chosen to mark the success of the blockbuster films and their enduring legacy.
The makers of Star Wars have built a huge fanbase since the first film was released in 1977, with numerous new instalments and TV series released in recent decades.
The day was chosen for the pun ‘May the 4th be with you’, resembling the refrain of its key characters: ‘May the force be with you’.
Lots of scenes in Star Wars were shot in desert landscapes and contrary to belief there are lots of vegetables that can survive the extreme temperatures of these arid landscapes by innovative growing. Many farmers grow crops using Hydroponic systems. Chilled water passes through insulating tubes to nourish plants like lettuce, which are planted in a fibrous material called rockwool as soil is not available. Rockwool is made of crushed rocks and holds water like a sponge. Once the water has completed a cycle, it is drained back out to be filtered and reused.
By finding new and innovative ways to grow produce ensures a supply of fresh produce that would otherwise be impossible to grow.