Urban Microgreens green-up Napier CBD

By   Pip   -  April 27 / 2022

A multi-tiered garden of microgreens adorning the walls of what was an office in the Napier CBD is now open for salad makers to admire.

Greg Meyer of Treehouse Foods NZ is taking his business growing and selling microgreens from Tūtira to Emerson St to make an Urban Garden Showroom showcasing how to produce microgreens.

“It’s the next phase, the step-up phase of my business from the last couple of years, on a larger scale.”

 

Microgreens are the stage of a plant in between a sprout and a full-grown vegetable, typically 125 to 150 millimeters high with their first true leaves typically formed.

He has an 80sq m total area for an office and the growing, production, preparation, and packing of his vertically farmed microgreen crops on shelves under low-powered lights.

“The actual growing space itself is actually quite small, but since it is a vertical setup where things are grown on a tray in shelves, you can essentially pack a very large amount into a very tiny footprint.”

He said some of the main varieties he grows include pea tendrils, radish, broccoli, sunflower, kohlrabi, beetroot, coriander, and basil.

“This way you can actually grow a wide variety of vegetables that all have their unique taste and visually are quite appealing to look at and grow quite fast.

He said it was exciting to be growing on one of Napier’s main streets, where the space will serve as a showroom for customers.

“It’s a garden that can operate 24/7, 365 a year, and it’s there to service restaurants, cafes, consumers, all sorts.”

 

Words by James Pocock Hawkes Bay today

Photos supplied

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