Booming hydroponics business is rising the Columbus market
One current Wednesday afternoon, in an indescribable warehouse on the Close to East Facet, Andrew Herczak ran an electrical mower over platters of mustard and inexperienced radishes.
With every minimize, Herczak has taken a lift from conventional farming.
Herczak and James Hu are companions in Artisan Growers, a younger participant in Ohio’s rising vertical agricultural business. In contrast to different indoor farms, akin to greenhouses, these farms depend on LED lights and develop hydroponically, with out soil, on trays that may be stacked, giving the business its identify.
The tactic has been round for many years, however has grown significantly in recent times, partly as a result of it may be carried out anyplace, in any local weather.
“We will present our clients with the freshest, tastiest and most nutritious domestically grown produce, whereas utilizing renewable vitality, little or no water and no pesticides,” mentioned Mike Zelkind, CEO of 80 Acres. Farms, which operates eight vertical farms, together with a brand new, totally automated 70,000 sq. foot facility at its head workplace in Hamilton, roughly 20 miles north of Cincinnati.
No group is maintaining with Ohio’s vertical farms, which vary from the brand new 80 Acres Farms operation to particular person passionate initiatives that might produce a handful of greens each few weeks.
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However business consultants say that quantity is unquestionably on the rise.
Along with 4 80-acre services in southwest Ohio, Buckeye Contemporary expands intensive operation in Medina, Vigeo Gardens operates an Akron facility and Florida-based firm Kalera plans to construct a 75,000 sq. foot vertical farm close to Rickenbacker Airport this 12 months. In the meantime, different outlets akin to Artisan Growers and Indoor Acres Farm within the Eastmoor space have opened over the previous 12 months.