Newfoundland and Labrador’s winter weather might not present the best opportunities for growing fruits and vegetables, but a Mount Pearl farming business is bringing things inside to tackle food security year-round.

Green Farm N.L. launched in early 2020 with the goal of providing accessible and affordable produce for residents in the province. But rather than traditional farming on acres of farmland, the farm uses indoor hydroponics to grow crops all 12 months of the year — in a warehouse in Mount Pearl.

“It was kind of just a pilot project to prove that what we’re claiming, that we can be producing food year-round here, is actually possible,” Green Farm CEO Scott Neary told The St. John’s Morning Show earlier this month.

“In our first year … we were able to produce all of our products year-round and we really started to gain some traction.”

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From The Ground Up is a CBC series in collaboration with Food Producers Forum, looking at how small-scale growers are digging and dreaming agricultural innovations in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

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