With 10 years clean and sober under her belt, Dani Fitch recently launched a home farming operation under the ultraviolet lights of her uncle's garage.
This indoor grow operation currently hosts two large utility racks filled with shallow pans and has the potential to generate between $2,000 to $4,000 per month for Fitch and her new business. No, this isn't some classic California "green special," Fitch is harvesting a variety of sprouts known as microgreens.
"What we've learned is that microgreens have such a short shelf life, you can't really carry them in grocery stores," said Jason Miles, Fitch's uncle and investor. Fitch launched Dani Greens in July after retiring from her job as a full-time nanny. As a single mother with three kids of her own, two of whom she homeschools, Fitch knew she wasn't going to be able to rely on a regular 9-5 job to make ends meet.
"I needed to figure out something to generate an income for my family that would still allow me to stay home and school my kids," explained Fitch. "So during that brainstorming process, I realized how much I love gardening and healthy foods, so this seemed like a good fit."
Her new business, Dani Greens, joins a small handful of microgrowers across the region and may be the only one of its kind within the limits of Yuba City and Sutter County. Dani Greens currently offers broccoli shoots, pea shoots, radish shoots, sunflowers shoots, and a crunchy microgreen mix.
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