New high-tech agriculture business to bring year-round growing to Dryden

A new business in Dryden, Ont., promises to bring fresh, regionally grown produce to northwestern Ontario year-round, and help mitigate supply chain problems that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AgriTech North will employ vertical garden technology and hydroponics to produce leafy greens, culinary herbs, and some fruiting crops, such as cherry tomatoes, in a 4,000-square-foot indoor facility, according to the president and chief executive officer Benjamin Feagin.

"We're growing multiple varieties of lettuces — everything from an iceberg lettuce, romaine, Swiss chard, things of that nature," Feagin said. "And for culinary herbs, we're looking at chives, cilantro, dill ... We also have some, like I said, fruiting crops, which include a fairytale eggplant variety."

Feagin expects to grow around 225 kilograms of greens and 125 kilograms of herbs every week, he said. Some of that food will be sold at farmers' markets, and through retail outlets such as Maltese Grocery and George's Market in Thunder Bay, he said.

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