South Bend city leaders are seeing green over an indoor farming operation that’s growing on the city’s southwest side. After $25 million was invested into a hydroponic greenhouse off Calvert Street, Pure Green Farms harvested its first crop, lettuce, in 2021.
Now, another 100 acres is being developed for indoor farming for a total investment of around $100 million, making it one of the biggest investments for the area in the past 20 years.
“It’ll be one of the biggest hydroponic greenhouses in the Midwest, so we’ll be known as the salad bowl of the Midwest,” says Sheila Niezgodski, councilwoman for South Bend’s 6th district. “And it’s exciting to have that development here in South Bend, and especially in my district.”
Once the indoor farming facility is completed, it will be used to grow strawberries and tomatoes. At least 100 jobs will be created in the process.
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