In southwest Ohio, technology is driving changes in food production

Farming may be on the cusp of a major shift thanks to technology. The evidence for that change can be found on the shelves of a local store — the Dorothy Lane Market in Kettering, where we find produce from 80 Acres Farms.

Michelle Mayhew, produce director for all four Dorothy Lane Market stores, says they’ve carried the 80 Acres brand since it became available. "We carry their basils, the little baby cucumbers that the farm grows, and Brooke can probably tell you exactly how they taste because her mom buys them all the time."

Brook Sears is the produce manager. “We've been carrying it for about four years now and it's really grown over the years," she says. "I would say the last couple of years, especially through Covid, they were able to supply us with salads when nobody else could."

What makes these salad ingredients unusual is that they were grown in an indoor vertical growing facility. "We believe that the vertical growing, indoor growing is definitely a part of the future of growing vegetables," says Mayhew.

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