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Falls City Farms is one of the newest and smallest farms in Louisville.
The hydroponic farm is completely operated out of a shipping container that sits off Spring Street in the Irish Hill neighborhood.
The container is 40 feet long and 320 square feet. It can grow up to three acres vertically and hydroponically.
“Everything is the same as traditional farming except we remove the dirt,” said owner, John Miller. “Dirt takes up 70 to 80% of the nutrients that the plant needs, so by removing it, you let the plant eat what it wants and discharge what it doesn’t.”
Miller said their lettuce, herbs and leafy greens are fresh and nutrient-dense.
Inside the farm, the plants get only what they need from the sun to flourish. Miller said they provide only red and blue wavelengths through state-of-the-art LED lights.
Miller said the power is in the water because they use, on average, five gallons of water from their hydroponic system.
The soil-less planting is a little different than traditional farming, but Miller said this is where he finds his peace. When it’s time to harvest, he knows this is his purpose.
As a 14-year combat Airforce veteran, Miller struggled to transition back to civilian life.
“My last position, I was in charge of 100 folks of the sons and daughters of America, as I call them,” Miller said. “I would wake up there and have a purpose of trying to make them better, get them prepared for the worst-case scenario. Getting out, you’re just another face in the crowd,” Miller said. “So it’s hard to find that purpose a lot of times.”
Miller attended Archis Acres – Veteran Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) in Escondido, California.
John Miller is a 14 year combat Air Force veteran & his wife, Amy is an active member of the National Guard. Falls City Farm is a way for John to find peace & purpose in civilian life. He hopes to add more containers to the farm & employ other veterans to help them find the same pic.twitter.com/K0WtQ0JEY1
Miller hopes to have a total of four containers, which would be equal to a 12-acre farm.
He also plans to employ veterans to help them, too, find their peace and purpose.
To learn more about Miller’s peace and purpose initiative, click here.
Falls City Farms is at the Norton Commons Farmers Market on Saturdays or order through Market Wagon. To learn more, click here.
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