US (MT): Swanky Roots makes for happy lettuce plants

Finding fresh produce in grocery stores during the winter can tend to be a struggle at times but with aquaponics producing fresh greens can be done year round.

Swanky Roots is a business in Billings that specializes in aquaponics and sees the benefits of this type of agriculture everyday.

Owner of Swanky Roots Veronnaka Evenson says "we're able to grow a head of lettuce with seven times less water than out in the field.  We're also able to grow really efficiently as well, getting more plants in a given growing season in our facility.  And then we're not using any chemicals so we're not adding in fertilizers, we don't need any pesticides, herbicides its just a real, clean, healthy product."

With the greens being raised in a greenhouse, it allows them to grow in ideal conditions. 

"The plants are in their like perfect environment. They're very happy, they're getting all the water, all the nutrients, the light they could want. And so it just helps for them to last a really long time."

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