CAN (QC): 30,000 sq. ft. farm fills towers with lettuce, kale, other leafies

A "greens" revolution is seeding in Montreal. The verdant uprising takes root daily in a 30,000-square-foot farm, where towers of lettuce, kale, and other leafy varieties sprout — although not from soil. AquaVerti isn't just rewriting the rules of farming, it's also yielding some of the tastiest lettuce to ever grace your salad bowl.

You might recognize the brand from the produce section of your go-to grocery store. AquaVerti's "Montreal Mix" is an affordable and surprisingly flavourful box of greens that will stay fresh way longer than imported legumes.

"We actually have a guarantee that if our lettuce doesn't last in your fridge for two weeks, you can call us for a refund. We'll also give you another lettuce," AquaVerti spokesperson Sophie Pilotte told MTL Blog. Not only do the Montreal-grown greens have little distance to travel from the farm to the point of sale, but they're usually harvested just 24 hours before they hit store shelves.

Aside from the freshness benchmark, AquaVerti also sets itself apart by growing plants using only H2O. "On this farm, soil is not our problem," said Pilotte. "We won't touch it." Baby plants begin life in trays flooded with water. Once they've had their fill, the water drains away, and they're left to mature in an environment tuned to their unique needs.


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