US (MT): New year could bring a boost for hydroponic business in Hill County

Inside the greenhouse at High Horizon Gardens, a hydroponic business just outside Havre, there are around 3,000 heads of lettuce growing. While that may seem like a big number, it's actually what would be considered a smaller operation. But that doesn't make it any less important, especially at the beginning of the new year.

"Hydroponics is agriculture where you use water to grow your crops," explained Cody Miles, co-owner of High Horizon Gardens. Growing is a year-round business for Miles and his wife, Aricka Turner.

"We use what's called a nutrient film technique, NFT, where it takes a small amount of water, as you can see here, that runs down into the channel," Miles said, demonstrating how the system used to water the lettuce works.

Growing year-round means being able to help supply the demand from people wanting to be health conscious in the new year. "A lot of the restaurants here, they do take up, probably, 99 percent of our product as well the grocery stores like 2J's in Great Falls. (In) January, we do see a spike in sales sometimes because people do get that 'I want to be a healthier eater,'" Miles explained.


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