Woburn was originally an agricultural community. It quickly became the heart of the rubber industry, when Charles Goodyear discovered the vulcanization process back in 1839. During the Civil War, demand for shoe leather boosted the industry and by 1865 there were 21 tanning and currying businesses all over the city.
Today, zero remain. But thanks a young woman who was raised 7,000 miles away in India, Woburn is getting back to its agricultural roots. For Smitha Das, the steps are almost the same, from laying down the dirt and planting the seeds to the germination and the cultivation.
“So what the germination tent does, is it’s a super humid room and we usually monitor the humidity,” Das told. Fast forward a few days and there is green growing in this indoor, vertical garden. It’s the growing center of Giant Gorilla Greens, a microgreen home delivery service, started by Das and her husband during the pandemic. “This is nutrient dense food and we are in the middle of a health crisis and people probably will benefit from eating it and our neighbors loved it,” she said.
“We realized there are a lot people out there like us, who are also managing say a chronic condition or they’re recovering from a prolonged illness and they know that they can nourish body through food,” she told. So her backyard garden exploded into a 500 square foot indoor farm, pumping out 4,000 pounds of greens a month.
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