The frozen tundra of Minnesota is a great place to grow fresh greens year-round. Well, if you’re running an aeroponics farm, it is.
That’s what a community in New London, Minnesota has, an aeroponic farm called Lettuce Abound Farms LLC. Now, instead of having to import your greens during the winter months, the people of New London can go on down to Lettuce Abound.
|Aeroponics farm near New London will produce leafy greens year-round|
What had been a large, empty pole barn on a farm in rural New London last year is now becoming a climate-controlled maze of computer-operated, high-powered lights and a water misting system housed on a dozen massive stainless steel frames.
By early spring, the building will be filled with lush, fresh lettuce and other leafy greens.
Grown without soil, pesticides or herbicides, the greens will taste “like a treat,” said Kevin Ortenblad, who along with his wife, Julie, and daughter and son-in-law, Brian and Melody Dengler, are launching Lettuce Abound Farms LLC.
It will be the region’s first large-scale, commercial indoor aeroponics growing system that will produce fresh greens year-round.
They intend to market the high-end produce to restaurants and other outlets, like food co-ops.
“Our goal is to be able to supply this part of the state with all of the leafy green products,” Ortenblad said.
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