US (IN): New Next Door Harvest in Perry Twp. grows lettuce, herbs and more indoors

Many farmers battle weather woes, weeds, and pests much of the year. Not so much for Paul Smith.

Smith opened the doors May 1 to his new business, Next Door Harvest, an indoor vertical freight farm at 4945 Navarre Road SW. The site once was a dairy that operated in the late 1940s.

Vertical farming refers to raising crops within a controlled environment, typically in the absence of regular soil and natural sunlight, involving established horticultural techniques.

"I've always had a passion for fresh, healthy foods," Smith, 46, said about his new full-time profession. "I picked up a countertop (farming) unit a couple of years ago. It was something to do at the height of the (COVID-19) pandemic to not go crazy."


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