BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) – A farm in the middle of the city is something many people wouldn’t think of or expect to see.
However, vegetables, herbs and even fish are growing right in the heart of Downtown Brazil.
Greener Scenes is opening up shop.
Owner Mat Pollom says the goal is to provide fresh, local produce all year long.
“It’s really going to come down to knowing your farmer, being able to visit the farm that your food actually comes from,” Pollom said. “And when it’s all said and done we’ll be able to produce an entire plate of food that’s all grown right here in this building.”
It’s growing thanks to a method called aquaponics.
In simple terms, fish waste is naturally converted into nitrates which then go to provide nutrients to the plants.
Only using a fraction of water that traditional agriculture does.
“In aquaponics, some of the local producers, it comes down to producing things locally,” Pollom said. “We can have a sustainable food, sustainable food supply here locally. There’s not many plants that aquaponics won’t grow.”
There’s not too many things that can’t be done with controlled environment agriculture.”
Pollom says the Brazil location will be able to grow more than 100,000 pounds of produce and around 60,000 pounds of fresh fish.
And while they’re starting out with the one location, hopes are that greener scenes will spread throughout the Wabash Valley.
“We took the cautious approach,” Pollom said. “I wanted to research this from top to bottom to make sure it would be viable, feasible, healthy alternative to agriculture.”
Greener Scenes will be selling their products to local restaurants and grocery stores.
Pollom says he started the original concept of this business in the basement of Inland Aquatics here in Terre Haute.
Hopes are for them to be running in their full capacity within a month.