While taking my compost out the other day, I ran into a man who was delivering micro-greens to a neighbourhood restaurant. While that doesn’t sound out of the ordinary the fact that he was on a bicycle was a bit unusual. He went on to tell me that the company he worked for, Sky Harvest, was the first certified organic urban farm in Canada.
I decided I needed to learn more about this interesting and unique company.
Sky Harvest, located in the heart of East Vancouver, opened its doors in 2012. It was the brainchild of Aaron Quesnel. He had the vision to create a sustainable urban farm – a place where food is grown close to where it’s eaten. He thought that micro-greens would be the perfect crop to grow for this endeavour.
In order to make his vision come true, he decided on unconventional farming and delivery techniques: the greens are grown in a warehouse and they are delivered by bicycle. Since they are located in the city, their goodies don’t need travel more than 10 kilometres to meet their customers. How cool is that?
Typical micro-green varieties they grow include arugula, kale, peas, radish, sunflower, basil, cilantro and cabbage. But Sky Harvest has added to that by offering a few unconventional ones – such as nasturtium leaves, lime basil and micro sorrel.
Because of their delicacy, microgreens require a lot of care during their growing period. Each crop has unique nutrient, water and light requirements. They need daily attention, which they get from the Sky Harvest team.
I think they should be proud of what they’ve accomplished to date, it’s great when people think outside the box and push the boundaries of innovation and sustainability. You can find their micro-greens at Choices, SPUD and Pomme Natural Market.