Urban Grow Farms co-owner Kalie Wang juggles being an entrepreneur, a toddler mom, and a full-time teacher at Nova Scotia Community College in Sydney.
After leaving Lanzhou City in China, an industrial metropolis with more than 3.8 million people, to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree at Cape Breton University in 2012, Kalie Wang saw an opportunity to cultivate relationships and harvest a dream.
Wang says within the quiet, she reflected on how to take a risk, harness her strengths, and leave a positive mark on the world. Wang became a permanent Canadian resident in 2017 and began working towards setting up a business with her husband, who was a fellow international student, to help give back after the warm welcome they experienced.
“I always had an interest in gardening, especially cultivating small spaces, because of my city background. So, hydroponics is great because anyone can grow nutritious leafy greens throughout the year without needing an outdoor space.”
After seeing that she could produce healthy high-yield microgreens, Wang plucked up the courage to approach chefs at various restaurants in the province to see if there was a market for her product.
“On the first day, I gained interest and a sale, and the indoor family microgreen business called Urban Grow Farms was born in October 2019.”
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