This interview is separated into two parts, find Part 1: Fostering community connections here. In this series, Carley Basler, operator at Rocket Greens, looks back on the past 4 years.
My mission is to provide fresh, locally grown, leafy greens year-round, to the community of Churchill, however, our community wants to use that. I’m open to all sorts of partnerships, but I try hard to stay true to my main job. Of course, I will partner with anyone that wants to partner. I will talk with anyone that wants to talk.
Northern Manitoba Food Culture and Community Collaborative are huge supporters financially and have allowed us opportunities to share our story with many communities in Northern Manitoba. Really, what’s hard about hydroponics is that you just can’t take a break – the two of us can’t go on vacation at the same time. Someone has to look after the Growcer basically every single day. So the system is a little needy, but hopefully, we can change that in the next little while with some improvements that are coming our way. Ultimately, just because it looks like a lab in the Growcer doesn’t mean we don’t have problems like other gardens.
We are also expanding our local gardening support portion of the project, which isn’t so much Rocket Greens itself but does fall under the Rock Greens umbrella. Supporting local gardeners has been a lot of fun. We gave away 1200 seedlings last year, I’d like to maybe double that if we can in 2022.
Read the complete article at www.churchillscience.ca.