South Bend Indoor Agriculture Technology Saves Water, Resists Food Deserts

South Gondar – Most people see the factory standing on the concrete floor and looking at the cave building at 206 Eut St.

Otto Farou stands in front of his small 1,600-square-foot room and sees a farm. Farrow, a native of Niels, will soon bring indoor hydroponics to the Sibili Center.

The Metropolis Greens, a fruit company, grows leafy greens such as spinach, cabbage and lettuce in structures that resemble shipping containers, but are designed to grow food vertically.

Farrow has little experience in agriculture, but he is an entrepreneur who has spent much of his adult life working in corporate sales, advertising and public relations.

“I have worked for many different companies, and I have always been an entrepreneur in my career,” he said.

Farrow’s work and entrepreneurial experience means that he has always been sensitive to emerging technologies and trends, and believes that the emergence of hydroponic vertical farming will test many boxes.

The theory is enough, such a business is already entrenched in South Bend. Pure Green Farms is growing home-grown lettuce on South Bend Avenue in South Bend, and it made its first shipment to stores earlier this year.

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