Canada: Oakville charity and company join forces to provide food banks with microgreens

An Oakville charity and local business have teamed up to help provide much-needed food for local food banks. GlobalMedic has joined forces with The Six Farms to set up a vertical farm program in its new Oakville location at 1494 Wallace Rd. to grow microgreens to help supply food for local food banks.

“Wednesday is our favorite day of the week because it’s harvest day at the farm,” said Rahul Singh, executive director of GlobalMedic, which is a registered Canadian charity that has provided life-saving disaster relief and humanitarian aid since 2002.

GlobalMedic says the process begins on Day 1 when the seeds are put into trays and then put into a germination room where they will stay for a week. They are then taken out of the germination room and placed under lights, where they will spend another week.

“Wednesday’s their big day because we cut and trim and we harvest them,” said Singh. “And then we put them into clamshells and get them out to food banks, and then get them into the bellies of people that need them.”

Six Farms says its process uses the latest urban farming techniques. The local company supports sustainable farming practices to protect the environment. Its latest technology, the hydroponic system, uses 20 times less water than soil-based systems.

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