A new vertical farm opens in Oshawa to harvest local greenery year round.
Mighty Harvest Produce, located at 871 Wilson Rd. S., grows leafy vegetables and herbs hydroponically, that is, without the use of soil.
Founder Derrik Stevenson started the company to pursue his passions after being fired from an office job due to the pandemic.
“I’ve decided that I’m not going to look for a job. I’ll create my own job, ”says Stevenson, who is vegan and interested in sustainability and fresh food.
Mighty Harvest is currently growing vegetables such as kale and mixed lettuce, as well as herbs such as parsley, marjoram and aniseed basil.
Stevenson says growing vegetables indoors has benefits for both the environment and the people who eat them.
“Ultra freshness is what sets us apart from grocery stores,” he says, explaining that vegetables sold in Ontario often travel long distances from California or Arizona. “I can harvest on a Wednesday evening and sell the product on Thursday.”
Vertical farming uses 90 percent less water than conventional farming, and Mighty Harvest doesn’t use pesticides or herbicides.
Stevenson says customers might be surprised to learn that Mighty Harvest Greens are not certified organic – that’s because Canadian regulations don’t allow certification for products that are not grown in soil.
Mighty Harvest is open Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, and can be found at Whitby’s Farmers Market on Wednesdays.
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