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CAN (ON): Indoor farm thrives inside Toronto industrial unit

Jonah Krochmalnek is a 26-year-old farmer. He pulls up to work every day ready to plant, tend and harvest a variety of organic greens and herbs.

He produces loads, too. In a given year — he doesn’t have to worry about seasons on his farm — Krochmalnek estimates he could grow 16,000 kilograms of pea shoots, if they were his only crop.

Living Earth Farms, the company Krochmalnek started four years ago is no ordinary farm.

That’s because it isn’t on a remote country road where plants have space to stretch out and soak up sunlight, but in an unassuming, 2,300-square-foot industrial unit in North York, the same area where Krochmalnek grew up and lives still.

Living Earth is an indoor, vertical farm where crops grow in stacked rows seven layers high with special red and blue LED lights designed for optimal growing conditions shining down on them. It’s the first of its kind to be organic certified in Ontario.

“It took a long time to figure all this out because there’s no book on this type of thing,” Krochmalnek said.

Read more at Metro

Publication date: 9/8/2017



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