Charleston-based Vertical Roots is one of the largest hydroponic container farming operations in the US. With an eco-friendly focus on sustainable farming, Vertical Roots uses recycled shipping containers to grow lettuce.
“There’s no soil. The lettuce grows in coconut and there’s basically a stream of water that allows us to grow the lettuce, so instead of lettuce having to travel 2,000 miles, this is grown right here in our backyard," explained Andrew Hare, general manager of Vertical Roots.
Now the operation is hitting the road with its new mobile hydroponic farm, the Lettuce LOCALmotive, hoping to educate the community about the growing trend.