Cabbage, arugula, coriander…in total, more than 30 plants grown in a closed environment by Dakoté, an urban farm 2.0, 100% natural and specialized in microgreens.
As the demand for healthier food continues to increase, microgreens are growing in popularity thanks to their numerous nutritional benefits: rich in vitamins and amino acids, low in calories. “Eating 100g of cabbage microgreens is equivalent to consuming 1.4 kg of a mature plant,” explains Michel Darguy, one of the 3 partners of Dakoté.
A multitude of advantages
This type of cultivation offers many advantages, including complete control over the environment and the absence of inputs. “We harvest a seedling after 10 days. At that stage, the plant doesn't need any fertilizer or other organo-minerals. Additionally, indoor cultivation means that we do not depend on the weather or other problems inherent to outdoor growing,” explains Michel Darguy.
The future of agriculture
“The plants grow on vertical racks, and we use LED lighting. This allows us to control the climate and the environment, thus reducing water and electricity consumption. I think this is the future of agriculture because it allows us to reduce our carbon footprint, which is of the utmost importance in this day and age. Our microgreens absolutely follow this concept.”
Launched in September 2020 by three partners, the start-up Dakoté is based in Saint-Pierre du Mont, near Mont de Marsan (Landes). After seducing restaurant owners, the Dakoté microgreens can now also be found in supermarkets.
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