US (KY): Turning hobby into a microgreens business

“Eat local. Live better” is the tag line for Fort Thomas Microgreens. And it’s the latest entry into the locally sourced food market. 

Johnny Delegrange is the owner. His business has officially only been around for about a month, but like his product, it is growing. The editor of Fort Thomas Matters sat down to chat bathed in the soft glow of grow lights hanging over shelves full of trays growing a variety of microgreens. Each tray is dense with the growth of a particular crop. He points out the peas, sunflowers, broccoli, and radish plants that he is currently cultivating.   

Johnny says, “I started gardening in the back yard ten or twelve years ago just for fun. We’d throw seeds in there to see what happened.” He became curious about growing crops indoors.

“A few years ago I started hydroponics. I started reading about that. I thought that was really cool. I had a whole vertical setup. I was growing more lettuces, parsley, bok choy than I could eat. I really enjoyed the microgreens so I started growing them for fun.”

He grew a few trial crops (about a ten-week cycle) to figure it out as he established the rhythm of growing. There is the possibility of adding more. “I’d love to do wheat grass, maybe another kind of radish,” he adds.   

Read the complete article at Fort Thomas Matters

 


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