Single use plastic is one of the great environmental problems of our time. There are more microplastics in the ocean than there are stars in the milky way! In most cases, consumers do not have sustainable options to choose from and are forced to buy products that come wrapped in packaging that will be used once, and then spend millennia in a landfill or waterway.
We believe that it is our responsibility to our customers and to future generations to tackle this issue head on. That is why all of our greens are delivered to you in reusable packaging.
Whole Systems Approach
Our microgreens are grown in certified organic, locally sourced potting soil. We believe that growing in soil produces the highest quality, most nutritionally dense product possible. We never use pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizer on any of our crops.
Waste as Opportunity
After we harvest our microgreens, we are left with rich organic matter in the form of stems, roots, and soil. This "waste" product from our microgreens farm becomes the raw materials for fertilizer on our outdoor farm. We compost this waste and use it to enrich the soil that we grow our edible flowers, herbs, and produce in outside.
We built our outdoor farm on top of what was previously a parking lot. This space is now bustling with about fifty varieties of herbs and flowers which provide a diverse range of nectar for our pollinators.
Small Farm, Big Impact
We strive to not only to provide the best possible service to our customers, but also our team. Our employees earn an equitable wage as well as health insurance and paid time off. 90% of our small but mighty team reside within 5 miles of our Farm. We are located in the historic Back of the Yards neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago, which is a strong, resilient neighborhood that faces disinvestment. Hiring within our community is a paramount value for us as a farm, as is the well being of our team.
We live in a climate where you can only grow fresh produce outside for about half of the year. We take a multifaceted approach to producing food in every season.
First off, we grow all of our microgreens indoors under LED lights, allowing us to provide fresh nutrient rich greens all year.
Another crucial practice of a sustainable food system in a cold climate is preservation. We preserve a wide range of herbs every Summer by dehydrating them for herbal tea. We also work with local food processors to make pickles and ferments with our surplus products in the summer. Our robust preservation program allows our community to access the sunshine of summer in the depths of winter!
Lastly, we utilize a 2,200 sq. ft. outdoor hoop house to extend our outdoor growing season earlier in the Spring and later into the Fall.