CAN (ON): New local microfarm will produce baby salad greens and rainbow trout

A micro-farm that combines aquaculture and hydroponics will begin production in the coming months in Ware Township.

Patrick Lacroix and Shelly Poluchowicz don't have a background in aquaponics, but what they do have is plenty of enthusiasm and a drive to make their innovative and sustainable agricultural venture succeed.

Thanks in part to a recent $192,000 investment by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, in the coming months they expect to be producing leafy specialty baby greens and rainbow trout on a year-round basis.

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, the couple — both of whom have had long careers in the field of mental health care — began pondering ways to circumvent challenges to local food security posed by transportation issues, access, and the rising cost of groceries.


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