US (PA): Farmer moves out of basement, opens new farm in downtown Bangor

Derkits has been running the hydroponic farm — producing a variety of microgreens — for about a year from a grow room in the basement of his home.

Bangor-based nuHydro Farms, whose owner David Derkits has been operating out of the basement of his home for the past year, is expanding with its first brick-and-mortar store set to open April 1 at 32 Main St. in downtown Bangor. The hydroponic farm produces a variety of healthy microgreens. 

"We've outgrown our capacity," Derkits said. "We will be at the Nazareth Farmers Market every Saturday starting in May. So that would be growing 50 or 60 trays a week. With our other clients, we wouldn't be able to handle that inside the grow room we built in the house."  

Durkitts, who retired from the Marines in 2013, has been committed to a healthy diet for most of his life. After working for the State Department in Iraq for eight years, he decided to pursue a full-time career in hydroponic agriculture.

At nuHydro Farms, he grows and packs good-for-you options like broccoli, Genovese basil, romaine lettuce, rainbow radishes, split peas, and a salad mix that includes arugula, kale, kohlrabi, kale, and broccoli. Derkits, who lives a few blocks away from the forthcoming store in Bangor, has been growing nuHydro Farms over the past year by delivering the microgreens to customers' homes and also selling them to local businesses such as Local Mama Catering Company. 

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