UK: Garage growers see microgreens business flourish

Richard Kennedy, from Goodworth Clatford, decided to change his life by rigging up a high-tech system to grow microgreens. Richard went through a life-changing experience when he had a liver transplant in 2015. Then when he returned to his job in the IT industry, he realized he wanted to do something different. 

That's when he decided to launch Lusso Leaf - named after the Italian word for luxury - in 2020. He said: "I went back to work but was fed up. I wanted to do something else. That's when I began growing microgreens, first in the greenhouse, then in our garage. It was going to be temporary, but we did it for a year in our garage." 

After that, the business took off, and Richard and his wife Sarah moved all their equipment to a former mushroom factory in Stockbridge. They are now producing more than 35 different products, supplying top restaurants, and even securing a spot on the shelves at Waitrose.  

Richard has used all his previous IT expertise to rig up super high-tech horticultural equipment that ensures the plants get all the right things they need at exactly the right time. Among the products are sunflower shoots, pea shoots, broccoli stems, peas, and radishes, all harvested from the first two leaves to ensure a high level of nutrients are packed into the vegetables.

The products were on show at the recent Local Produce Trade Show, run by Business South, at the Ageas Bowl. 

Read the entire article at Andover Advertiser 

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