NatureFresh shows shoppers how greenhouse growing goes.

According to by Rob O’Flanagan:  Take a small section out of NatureFresh Farms’ 130-acres of greenhouse growing space in Leamington, and put it on wheels. Add a pollinator showcase and a few tasteful information plaques, and you h by: Rob O’Flanaganave the mobile Greenhouse Education Center.

Grocery shoppers at Zehrs Markets on Paisley Road got an intimate glimpse into how NatureFresh Farms grows its peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers on Tuesday, as the Greenhouse Education Center rolled in and parked in front of the store. Zehrs is one of NatureFresh’s major retail partners.

Henry Furtado, the vegetable grower’s corporate chef, talked about the project. The mobile greenhouse, he said, is making stops across Canada and the United States to show consumers how greenhouse growing works.

Plants are rooted in a nutrient-rich bed of pulverized coconut fibre, he explained. The peppers grow quickly, straight up to a height of about 3.5 metres, fed by the husks and by good, clean potable water. The operation uses beneficial bugs for pest control.

“We’re trying to show the public exactly how we grow, so that it’s fully transparent,” Furtado said, adding that all the husk material and water is recycled. There is no discharge of any kind into the environment, and not contribution to the algae bloom problem in Lake Erie.

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