Growing community connections
Back in Peachtree Corners, the Flanders have learned they can successfully grow lettuce, salad mix, basil, chard, beet greens, mustard greens, cilantro, microgreens and other fast-growing vegetables.
Head lettuce is particularly popular. And impressive. One vertical wall of 22 individual hanging panels (each container has four walls) grows out a quilted patchwork of 990 heads of red, green and bronze lettuce heads. It is nearly twice as tall as Joan stands. She uses a ladder to harvest it.
Rob says a parent told them their child tried their salad mix and asked, “Mommy, why does this lettuce taste so different?”
It’s because it’s so fresh, Rob explains, picked just that day. That’s unlike lettuce normally shipped to Georgia from California, thousands of miles away, taking many days from harvest to arrive on a consumer’s salad plate. Plus, because they grow in a controlled indoor environment with no soil, there’s no need for pesticides or herbicides. Weeds and bugs aren’t a problem. They don’t even wash their greens. They grow pristinely clean.