Monday, July 31, 2017

Hydroponic Greenhouses Gets $25M to Grow New England Produce

A business that wants to build two hydroponic greenhouses in New Hampshire's North Country to get tomatoes and salad greens more quickly to New England supermarkets has received $25 million in assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

North Country Growers plans to start building two 10-acre (4-hectare) greenhouses in Berlin soon. It expects to produce 8 million pounds (3.6 million kilograms) of tomatoes and 15 million heads of lettuce annually.

The USDA says hydroponics, or growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil, is a growing area of commercial food production. The largest in New England, in Madison, Maine, produces upward of 30 million tomatoes each year for supermarkets regionally. ...more

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