UK: Veteran opens hydroponics farm with focus on microgreens

Things that come in small packages can deliver a big nutritional punch. That’s the philosophy of David Derkits, the owner of Bangor-based nuHydro Farms.

Derkits installed a hydroponics farm in his home that grows microgreens, other vegetables, and fruits. Derkits said people would have to spend over $20 to buy enough full-grown vegetables to create a salad with the same nutritional value that one of his microgreen salad blends can deliver for $4 to $5.

The indoor farm produces a variety of microgreens, including arugula, basil, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, kale, and other vegetables that can be used for garnishes, and salads or snacks.

Derkits retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 and spent time after that working in the U.S. embassy in Iraq. He said that creating a farm of his own has been a dream for years. “We were working through nutrient water mixes and pH balances to get everything right,” Derkits said. “We grew for a year and a half without sales to ensure we had it right.”

Now, the company is ready to sell its products. Derkits said he has begun supplying microgreens and other products to the Local Mama Catering Company and that the products are also available to others.

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