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CAN (BC): Yellowpoint grower does big business in microgreens

The best business stories seem to have an element of happenstance – a fortuitous meeting that sparks an idea or interest. So it was for Yellowpoint’s Susan Newman, owner of FoodyBiz Microgreens.

Raised on a 200-acre Kootenay farm, growing has long been part of Susan’s DNA, but her early career path led elsewhere. When a chance meeting while on vacation introduced her to microgreens, “I was intrigued,” Susan recalls.

She also found her passion. “It’s the soil – I love it so much,” she says. “Getting my hands back in the dirt is what gets me up in the morning.”

Since marking FoodyBiz’s first anniversary Feb. 14, the response has been remarkable.

With a steady cycle of seeding and harvesting about 15 different varieties, Susan plants and harvests twice a week. Grown inside, in soil under lights, the microgreens are ready for harvest between nine and 12 days after sowing.

From her original 360 square feet of growing space – “The Micro-Can” – she recently doubled in size to keep up with the demand of local grocery stores, and added a new spring crunch salad to her line of broccoli, mustard, radish, red cabbage and Hot and Spicy microgreens mix.

“I’m always experimenting with different varieties and different mixes,” she says.

Read more at the Nanaimo News Bulletin

Publication date: 5/16/2018


 


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