US (NV): No better place for vertical farmer than the Las Vegas Strip

In the shadow of the Las Vegas Strip, near Tropicana and Wynn Street, lies the People’s Farm. Founder Mark Engler said there’s no better place to bring the hyperlocal company right here in the food desert of Las Vegas.

“We’re here to affordably feed people nutritious food, starting with family, friends, and neighbors,” Engler explained. “We’re a controlled environment agriculture company that specializes in growing microgreens, and as you’ll see, it’s because microgreens are very prolific.”

It starts by sowing the seeds on a hemp mat with no chemicals, dirt, or fertilizers. Only using pH-balanced water and oxygen, it’s then rolled into the germination room, where the greens sit for 48 hours.

“The germ room is at 80 degrees, 80% relative humidity, the grow room during this time of year is 80 degrees and 50% relative humidity,” Engler added. “We germinate in the dark, then we expose the plants to the light, which is five days under the light, and then we harvest.”


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