Twelve months of the year, Green Farm NL delivers healthy, farm-fresh greens, microgreens and herbs to postal codes in the St. John’s metro region.
Using hydroponics and vertical farming, Green Farm grows fresh, super-healthy, and delicious produce so people can access fresh, healthy affordable produce year round. Green Farm NL is a complete game-changer.
The goal for Green Farm NL is to provide healthy, affordable food to people, and produce it in a way that respects people and the planet.
Green Farm Founder Scott Neary is a different-thinker and an entrepreneur with a vision for a sustainable Newfoundland and Labrador.
Smart, and motivated to address challenges facing people and planet, the business idea of growing greens with hydroponic and vertical farming technology came together organically.
As a Newfoundlander and student of the social sciences at Memorial, Scott saw the impact of food on the health of people and communities. As an Engineering student at Carlton, he saw how to apply the power of tech to do things differently.
Those factors, with the support of an agricultural backer, local farm Green Farm NL was created.
Green Farm NL grows nature’s power food. Walls of greens grow under soft bright light at the facility in Mount Pearl, , and the sense of life and energy is palpable. It’s amazing how beautifully tech integrates into the traditional farm idea.
From the facility to delivery, Green Farm customers love the convenience of having a big brown paper bag filled with neatly packaged fresh greens show up on the doorstep. Tech plays a role here too, so customers know when the brown bag is en route, and when it’s delivered.
After delivery, those fresh leafy greens, microgreens and herbs live in the fridge, ready to boost the nutritional value of meals, from smoothies to soups to sandwiches, and of course, salads. Meal prep made easy. The packaging is designed so that the greens stay fresh for a long time. “
There are so many ways to use the greens,” says Scott, and we’re love hearing customers favourite recipes. We’re looking forward to compiling them to share and spread the healthy word.”
Green Farm grows more than a dozen types of microgreen. Tiny tiny threads of familiar veg like broccoli and cabbage stretch up next to the likes of wasabi mustard microgreens - the same fiery wasabi that complements sushi. Trays of these beautiful, colourful microgreens grow in Green Farms racks, from seed to seedling to harvested in a few days, when the nutrient content is literally bursting in the green.
"Scott says, “The power of microgreens is incredible. Before they receive light and grow to a certain height, we need to weigh down stacked layers of germinating seeds with 15lb, which they lift with ease in the first few days of growth. This power is from a couple of hundred tiny sprouts. When you see that, it’s easy to understand how they offer such nutritional value.”
Microgreens are a go-to in the health food and juicing communities where their nutritional value is recognized as contributing to health and healing. People juice them with a food processor, use them in smoothies, and powder them.
In vertical fields separate from where the microgreens grow, long slender trays lush with green life reach up to the ceiling at the facility. Lettuce, kale, spinach, mustard greens and other leafy power house foods grow in stacks, creating walls of healthy food that resemble a photo background moreso than a traditional farmscape.
The plants grow strong from plugs nurtured with nutrient-dense water to optimize health benefits and are harvested just in time before they are packaged for delivery.
The technology opens the growing field. Where temperature, light and nutrient delivery can be controlled, so many different crops can grow and that also helps NL be sustainable.
Scott says, “Culturally, food is ‘home’. So as our population grows due to the welcome immigration of people from all over the world, we can grow foods that integrate traditional cultural tastes.”
If you’ve ever found the supermarket lacking when looking for fresh herbs, then wondered where your local restaurant got them, now you know.
Oregano, basil, dill, thyme, parsley - Green Farm NL grows herbal favourites year-round, with a sustainable supply.
Direct to door delivery is convenient for customers, and convenience is key to the Green Farm goal of making healthy food accessible. Green Farm subscription boxes are available in a variety of configurations of leafy greens, microgreens, and herbs delivered weekly or bi-weekly.
Scott says, “Having healthy greens show up on the door makes it so much easier to incorporate into what people eat every day.”
Green Farms uses tech as a tool to build healthy communities, optimize sustainability, health and good living. Scott says, “Our business is using tech to provide healthy, affordable food to people year-round, and we’ve brought that to our home community. We’re looking forward to scaling throughout the province, and across the country.”