An indoor farm in Cheviot is helping the community while also providing fresh produce to local restaurants and grocers. O2 Urban Farms, founded in 2018, uses aquaponics, a system that combines fish with hydroponics, to grow lettuce indoors. The employees who harvest the greens are from the Ken Anderson Alliance, which provides work opportunities for adults with disabilities.
By growing indoors, the facility is wheelchair accessible and climate controlled. Kevin Potts, executive director of the Ken Anderson Alliance, says the aquaponics system allows them to grow twice as much produce as an outdoor farm in half the time.
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