A new vertical farm is open in Oshawa with plans to harvest local greens year-round.
Mighty Harvest Produce, located at 871 Wilson Rd. S., is growing leafy greens and herbs hydroponically, which means without the use of soil.
Founder Derrik Stevenson started the business as a way to follow his passions after being laid off from an office job as a result of the pandemic.
“I decided, I’m not going to look for a job. I’m going to create my own job,” says Stevenson, who is vegan and has an interest in sustainability and fresh food.
Right now you can find greens like kale and salad blends growing at Mighty Harvest as well as a herbs such as parsley, marjoram and anise basil.
Stevenson says growing greens indoors has benefits for the environment as well as the people who eat them.
“The ultra freshness is what sets us apart from the grocery store,” he says, explaining how greens sold in Ontario often make a long journey from California or Arizona. “I can harvest on a Wednesday night and be selling the product on Thursday.”
Vertical farming uses 90 per cent less water than conventional agriculture and Mighty Harvest does not use pesticides or herbicides.
Stevenson says customers may be surprised to learn Mighty Harvest Greens are not certified organic — it’s because Canadian regulations don’t allow certification for produce that’s not grown in soil.
Mighty Harvest is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm and can be found at the Whitby’s Farmers Market on Wednesdays.
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