Growing food underground is a revolutionary idea to some, but to a Youngstown couple, it’s a no-brainer for their lettuce company.
The Business Journal reports that Katie and Tom Phibbs operate their company, The Lettuce People, out of the basement of a home. Their hydroponic system allows them to grow lettuce year round.
The Phibbs use less water with their growing system than if they grew lettuce outside since they recycle and reuse water. Also, they use less energy than a greenhouse environment would, thanks to LED technology.
The Phibbs sell their lettuce to local businesses, like Catullo Prime Meats, and hope to broaden their reach to area schools, hospitals and other institutions.
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