US (MN): Aeroponic grower starts venture in New London

What had been a large, empty pole barn on a farm in rural New London last year is now becoming a climate-controlled maze of computer-operated, high-powered lights and a water misting system housed on a dozen massive stainless steel frames.

By early spring, the building will be filled with lush, fresh lettuce and other leafy greens.

The greens will taste "like a treat," said Kevin Ortenblad, who along with his wife, Julie, and daughter and son-in-law, Brian and Melody Dengler, are launching Lettuce Abound Farms LLC.

It will be the region's first large-scale, commercial indoor aeroponics growing system that will produce fresh greens year-round.

They intend to market the high-end produce to restaurants and other outlets, like food co-ops.

Read more at the West Central Tribune (Carolyn Lange)

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