The farming future seeks to provide the people with what they want, organic fruits and vegetables without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Matt Liotta Atlanta began researching hydroponics-growing plants in a mineral rich water without soil-no GMO's-, in a controlled environment for use as farming.
Liotta began growing his lettuce as a small experimental business- using shipping containers- to now growing as much as 60 tons of lettuce a year with the help of investors, with hopes to triple it this year. Within a year Liotta has outgrown the small space on Ponce de Leon to industrial park, using 20 containers-under flight patterns at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport- and 13 employees.
People don’t support farming and it’s very hard work
The people supporting farmers, gardeners and the local produce environment are the ones who care and have knowledge of what is happening to the food supply. Even local businesses need a fan base and Liotta has proven it by providing a safe and healthy food growing environment. Arugula, lettuce and microgreens are grown in a controlled environment to reduce transportation footprint, endorsing “local” community, nutritional value is not wasted, and sustainable. Buying locally is not a new trend, before the exploitation of oil and gas, and industrial farming, people took care of their own communities by growing and buying local out of a necessity.
Businesses already using Liotta’s healthy greens
- 4th & Swift,
- Local Three,
- Miller Union, and
- Leon’s Full Service.
- Boxcar grocer,
- Candler Park Market,
- Sevananda Natural Foods.
- Emory public school and Georgia Tech by Spring.
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