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Indoor Alaska farming venture seeing growth

  • Author: Alaska Beat
  • Updated: May 13, 2016
  • Published January 5, 2011

Yes, Alaska, legal crops can be grown indoors, too. According to the Anchorage Daily News, two Alaskan entrepreneurs got together, built a custom hydroponic farm in a warehouse on Arctic Boulevard, and in August started selling produce to area restaurants. Northern Latitude Controlled Environment Agriculture's farm grows herbs, shoots, and more, plus "micro greens," essentially just young versions of standard vegetables and roots. So far, the farm has been selling its produce to restaurants and individuals, fine tuning shelf-life and other parts of the operation, but now the company says the wholesaler Food Services of America has started buying its product, and the company's founders are looking to keep expanding, and in the process, spread its technique around. "This is something that can be sustainable in rural Alaska. You can turn a closet in a school into a small place to grow micro greens. People won't be getting an apple, but they will be getting fresh produce," said co-founder Sioux-z Humphrey Marshall. Read much, much more, here.

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