US (TX): Couple brings pesticide-free produce to Denton

Heather and Greg Marsh's first experience with indoor farming was in Muscat, Oman, with the couple using aeroponics equipment to grow and harvest leafy greens to supplement the region's sparse growing season.

"They had a very short season, and they could grow watermelon and tomatoes, and that was about it, so they'd have a few truckloads when harvest time came, but you would have nothing fresh at the grocery store," Heather said.

The pair began experimenting with different equipment, eventually finding success with growing crops that otherwise wouldn't have been available locally. Now they're helping spearhead a similar effort in North Texas — bringing pesticide-free, fresh local produce to restaurants and farmers' markets year-round through Boterna.

About two years ago, Boterna founder Bill Job wanted to bring vertical farming to the U.S. and, with the help of David Richards, now vice president of research and development at Boterna, began redesigning equipment for commercial use. That's when the pair brought the Marshes on board.


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