US (IN): Vertical farm is on the way up in Nappanee

It's harvest time throughout Michiana.

Then again, it's always harvest time at Micro Farms LLC in Nappanee, where growing season for tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and peppers includes every day from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

No matter what the weather is outside, the inside of Micro Farms' futuristic, squared-off, Venlo Dutch greenhouse is as balmy as a pleasant summer evening. The facility covers just one-quarter of an acre of land, but the output of produce sustains the cash-and-carry business managed by Dion Graber.

"We have the best of all seasons in Indiana here inside, so that's what's really nice," he said.

Cucumbers and lettuce are harvested on a daily basis and tomatoes and peppers are picked three times a week.

"With most of your outdoor stuff, some things harvest earlier in the season, but basically, you have four months of harvest, so they're all done now. We have 12, and that's what really sets us apart," Graber said. "It is really hard to grow in winter, with a lot less lighting and stuff, so your production is down, but we're still able to produce fresh produce when it's snowing outside."

Read more at The Farmer's Exchange (Steve Grinczel)

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