US (IN): Evansville man spends birthday building hydroponic farm

Meet Scott Massey. He's making some tweaks to the hydroponic farm he built. The almost eight-foot-tall structure sits in the clubhouse at Tepe Park on the south side of Evansville. All thanks to a $3,000 grant from the American Impact Award, and the blessing of the parks department. "Hydroponics is farming without soil," Massey said. "You constantly recycle the nutrient solution over the plants. That way, they can grow independent of the season, especially whenever done indoors in a controlled environment like this."

The young entrepreneur has been working on it for weeks now, even spending his 27th birthday on the growing plant. "There really isn't another way I'd want to spend that time, working on a system like this," Massey said. 

"When you taste this type of lettuce, and it's going to be fresh and in some cases spicy and sweet because the freshness is so intense," Massey said. "It really causes people to re-examine the types of food they are eating and realize maybe it isn't just, 'I don't like vegetables.' Maybe it's just, 'I haven't had great access to vegetables in the past.'"

The lettuce won't be ready to eat for another two months, but as Massey went to check on the system Monday, there was a sign of sprouting.

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