COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The Coeur Greens produce company donated 30 pounds of lettuce to a local food bank after becoming fully operational Monday.
Coeur Greens said it has some extra lettuce to spare because of its unconventional farming methods. The company grows lettuce inside a high-tech modified shipping container. The produce is grown through a process they call vertical farming where the roots of the plants are intertwined in a hanging mesh.
“It’s combining agriculture and technology. It’s kind of the new wave of farming. There’s nothing like it here. And we’re excited to bring it to Coeur d’Alene and let it grow,” said Coeur Green Operations Manager Kelly Lattin.
We first covered the company in the winter when they were starting up. They grow lettuce inside a high-tech modified shipping container. pic.twitter.com/3YWs2hAW1t— Taylor Viydo (@KREMTaylor) June 6, 2017
In one month, the company produces the same amount of lettuce as two traditional acres of farmland. That is enough to allow the company to donate some of its greens to Coeur d’Alene’s Community Action Partnership.
Coeur Greens said they sell a few different varieties of lettuce at local farmers markets. The company said they are also in the process of setting up a second container farm in Hayden, Idaho.