US (OH): Toledo-based restaurant starts hydroponic garden to improve sustainability

Toledo’s very own Balance Pan-Asian Grille has started up its own hydroponic garden, which is an exciting new step for the whole community.

Although the new garden is a large step for Balance Grille to become a more environmentally conscious business, this is not the only step they have taken. c “We do a lot on sustainability on the restaurant side, too,” Prakash Karamchandani, co-founder of Balance Grille, said. “We tried composting, we have water conservation efforts and obviously locally sourcing, but this is truly as close to sustainable as we can get,”

He explained that even though Ohio is seen as an agricultural state, there is not an abundance of locally grown crops due to the short growing season. The restaurant wants to continue supporting farms in the area and buys products locally in season, but they also want to become more sustainable year-round.

This new system does not produce all of the items on the Balance Grille menu, but it is certainly a step in the right direction for not only this restaurant but many others. All the way from Cleveland to Detroit, stores were buying food from the coast that they are now able to buy from this Toledo farm. This saves the restaurants money while it also decreases the amount of miles the food has to travel. Therefore, fewer preservatives need to go into the food, so the food is fresher.


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