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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