Mary Erickson and her husband Neil run Campbell Greenhouses, an aquaponic growing operation, at Anaheim. Their custom-built floating gardens combine aquaculture and hydroponic growing techniques in just the second commercial aquaponic facility in Canada.
The couple sells their microgreens to grocery chains across Western Canada.
In the beginning, they tried selling leafy greens, but it wasn’t profitable.
“Even in the middle of winter, the prices out of California are just so cheap that it’s hard to compete,” says Mary.
However, they got a deal with Sobeys and Safeway to purchase their pea and sunflower shoots, along with microgreens like radish, broccoli, carrot and kale — all of which are loaded with nutrients and didn’t travel thousands of miles.
She jokingly calls their aquaponic closed-loop system “the hanging gardens of Babylon.”