Cabbage, arugula, coriander…in total, more than 30 plants grown in a closed environment by Dakoté, an urban farm 2.0, 100% natural and specialized in microgreens.
As the demand for healthier food continues to increase, microgreens are growing in popularity thanks to their numerous nutritional benefits: rich in vitamins and amino acids, low in calories…. “Eating 100g of cabbage microgreens is equivalent to consuming 1.4 kg of the plant at maturity,” explains Michel Darguy, one of the 3 partners of Dakoté.
A multitude of advantages
This type of cultivation offers many advantages, including a complete control of the environment and the absence of inputs. “It is a seedling that we harvest after 10 days. At that stage, the plant has not needed any fertilizer or other organo-minerals. Additionally, the indoor cultivation means that we do not depend on the weather or other problems inherent to outdoor farming,” explains Michel Darguy.
The future of agriculture
“The plants grow in buildings, thanks to LED lighting, on shelves. This allows us to control the climate, environment and consumption of energy such as water and electricity. It is the future of agriculture because today, we must try to be in a reasoned agriculture with a clean approach that does not distort the soil or the environment. Our microgreens are really in line with this type of concept.”
Launched in September 2020 by three partners, the start-up Dakoté is based in Saint-Pierre du Mont, near Mont de Marsan (Landes). After seducing restaurant owners, the Dakoté microgreens can now also be found in supermarkets.
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