Via: CBS Minnesota
A Twin Cities company is hoping to change the way we think of Minnesota’s growing season.
St. Paul based has found a way to grow local, organic produce year-round.
Spring typically marks the beginning of a new growing season in Minnesota, but the harvest is already underway in J & J’s greenhouse.
For the last seven months, several varieties of tomatoes and herbs have sprouted and ripened through the cold winter months.
“Game changer, definitely a game changer,” said Jim Hannigan, CEO of J & J Distributing.
Hannigan is the owner of this first urban, hydroponic, certified-organic greenhouse farm in Minnesota. He believes it marks a new trend in locally-grown organic produce.
“It means that what we’re going to be able to do is supply a product that you would get from July through the frost, maybe in October, on a year-round basis,” Hannigan said. “Local is becoming a real big part of our industry and, of course, organic already is a big part of our industry.”
It is a project 10 years in the making; an idea realized with the help of master grower Steve Shrump.
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