While Michigan is known for its diverse agriculture, growing seasons here are short. But there's a Caledonia farm that solved the problem of weather, bugs, water, land and more in 2018. Revolution Farms has quadrupled their output in just the last 8 months. President Trent Hartwig says they are the largest producer of lettuce in the state of Michigan. That’s despite having just three acres of actual plants. He shared many of the benefits of growing like this. "Better, nutritious lettuce, less miles to the grocery store and less water and less land use in general when compared to conventional soil farming.”
It all started in their first greenhouse in 2018, growing full heads of lettuce. A recent expansion brought phase two, and a newer, more automated technique.
They're putting out more than 1.5 million pounds every year. That means their reach continues to expand. They've partnered with SpartanNash and now Meijer shoppers will see lots of new options on their shelves as well. Hartwig says, "we have 7 new products that are going into Meijer stores. We'll be providing lettuce into all of the Meijer private label salad kits which is very exciting for us to upgrade those kits with better local, more nutritious greens and so we now have a footprint across 8-10 states in the Midwest.”
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