CAN (ON): "After doing all the research, I thought we can make a business out of this"

Veggies taste better and are better nutritionally when they are fresh. This is what Mark and Anne Rodrigue are doing with their business, Borealis Fresh Farms in Timmins. “It’s not a traditional farm,” he explained. “It’s an indoor farm.”

The hydroponic farm first started on the back road around Porcupine Lake near Connaught Hill but has since moved into the heart of Timmins on Sterling Avenue.

“Six or seven years ago, I started getting the idea of working at the college with the entrepreneurship center and thinking about that process and what I wanted to change as well,” Marc said. “We ended up looking at food, as we’re both plant-based and were having a hard time sourcing really good local food. I started putting those pieces together, doing some research and figuring out how we can actually grow food in the community for 12 months of the year. After doing all the research, I thought we can make a business out of this.

“Now, we’ve got two farms and a center building.” Their move was well-planned and is helping provide nutrient-rich food to seniors.


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