Ready, set, grow. Want to try our freshly-grown produce? Stop by Miss Demeanor’s or Centennial Café to try some on your salad or sandwich.
About Our Leafy Green Machine:
- Seeds begin in the nursery area, where they germinate and grow into little seedlings.
- In this area, plants grow in a shallow trough that periodically floods and drains with the nutrient-rich water solution.
- This area holds up to 3,600 plants at one time.
- After three weeks in the seedling station, the sprouts will grow into a sturdier leafy green. The plants are transplanted into vertical growing towers that hang from the ceiling.
- This method creates a high-density growing environment and maximizes the cubic footage in the container.
- Emitters drip nutrient-rich water down the vertical grow tower using only 10 gallons of water daily to grow more than 4,500 plants.
- The water that isn’t consumed by the plant flows out the bottom of the tower and is then recirculated right back to the water tank.
- As sunlight is important during photosynthesis, the windowless farm is equipped with LED lighting that mimics the sun’s natural light via growth-optimized blue and red hues.
- There are 128 lighting strips running about 18 hours per day to maximize the growth cycle, with the lights turned off to give plants time to rest and during peak hours.