Baltimore, Maryland - June 23, 2016: A container of bamboo at the City-Hydro vertical farm. Bamboo is used to separate the coconut fiber substrates, where the microgreens grow, from the bottom of food safe trays. The lift encourages circulation, and helps prevent mold & rot.
City-Hydro owners Larry and Zhanna Hount started growing microgreens in a spare room in their Baltimore rowhome a year and a half ago. Since then, their vertical farm has earned them $120k a year. They sell their crop directly to local restaurants, but, "What we want to be at the end of the game is a supplier..." says Larry. The couple sell their custom made racks, which use daylight balanced LED lights and offer training.
CREDIT: Matt Roth for The New York Times
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