CAN (ON): Business is looking up for vertical farm in northern Ontario

A family in Sundridge, about 50 minutes south of North Bay, is having great success with indoor vertical farming, also known as controlled environmental agriculture.

All different types of greens are growing at Marquee Farm on double-sided towers, one on top of the other in pod-like cells, also known as vertical farming. “It’s a new way to farm, and it’s really become possible because of the advancements in the LED lights,” said Romano Marchi from Marquee Farm.

“We have towers our vegetables grow in towers. Our towers have 12 lettuces on top of each other, but two-sided, so that’s 24 heads of lettuce in a two-foot square footprint. The plants are getting the exact light and nutrients they need to grow to their optimal level.”

Marchi said having the vegetables grow inside has its pros and cons, but they are grown with no pesticides. “They grow way faster,” he said.


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