Our StoryHow Vertical Roots Was Born
Meet the Farmers
The story of Vertical Roots starts back in 2018 when now owners, Mike and Becky Newhook visited their friends in the Philippines. Mike shared with them the idea of Aquaponics as a quicker way to grow leafy greens, with larger profits. Within a few weeks, our friends had torn down their chicken coop and had started to build an NFT Hydroponics system. Over the next 6 months, we sent funds to support their endeavors and proof of the system worked and we began to look for land. Mike and Becky relocated their family to Baguio, Philippines and in 7 months we built 2 Aquaponics commercial farms, producing over 20,000 heads of lettuce monthly. We were able to create more jobs and introduce healthy greens that are never sprayed with chemicals.
In March 2020, when the world shut down, Mike decided to play around with Hydroponics in the back of a garage. With the inability to travel back to Asia, and with a lot of time on his hands the testing began! Within 6 weeks the most beautiful lettuce was being produced. After much testing, budgeting, and planning the concept of Vertical Roots was born and Mike and Becky began to slowly test the waters for local sales and spread the word about their product.
Our Canadian farm was born in September 2020, with a bridge loan from family along with land and a building to rent, Vertical Roots first prototype farm was launched! In less than 1 year we had over 300 customers and we were averaging 300 heads of lettuce a week! With the first year being such a huge success we knew we had to expand. We have a passion to see high-quality, year-round, locally produced food, using technologies such as hydroponics, spread across Canada.
As of January 2022, Vertical Roots will be located in Edmonton, Alberta with the potential to grow over 1300 heads of lettuce A WEEK! Stay tuned for what’s next for Vertical Roots…it’s going to be amazing!
We love to hear from you! We are always looking to connect with local health and wellness lovers.
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Edmonton - Tuesday AM
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