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Fieldtrip To Green Garden Organics Soil-Grown Microgreens and Wheatgrass Farm In Pictures

Louis and Kim Duncanson of Green Garden Organics Inc.
Louis and Kim Duncanson of Green Garden Organics Inc.
Jacob Katel

Green Garden Organics Inc. supplies all Florida Whole Foods Markets with wheatgrass they grow themselves, certified organically, on their indoor farm in an industrial warehouse in a strip of others like it near Miami International Airport. Louis Duncanson says "I grew my first tray of grass 31 years ago." Duncanson, his wife and their small crew also grow a variety of microgreens that find use by chefs in the restaurant industry.

Duncanson explains that his secret is the soilmix he uses and the de-sodium chlorided, mineral rich sea water he uses for planting. "We have a special mix, a very special mix. I'll give you some clues to what's in it: coconut husk, pearlite, peat moss, sea vegetables, crushed lobster shells, and no manure, cause this is for eating, and you don't want to eat manure do you?"

Trays on top of trays in the grow room.
Trays on top of trays in the grow room.

Louis says of the seawater "We take out the sodium chloride and leave all the minerals. That makes all the difference." His wife Kim says "Make sure you mention he's a licensed nutritionist. He works with a lot of cancer and AIDS patients."

The Duncanson's used to keep an outdoor farm in Coconut Grove, where they live, but say "We grow indoors because of the pollution, acid rain, and lead in the atmosphere, all that stuff.

The U.S. governement is the one who started all the testing on wheatgrass years ago, anticipating nuclear war, they were looking for a green superfood that grows fast.

People say a shot of wheatgrass is like a blood transfusion."

Bottoms up. According to Duncanson most people take a one to two ounce shot a day, but cancer patients may drink two 8 oz servings a day.
Bottoms up. According to Duncanson most people take a one to two ounce shot a day, but cancer patients may drink two 8 oz servings a day.
To your health.
To your health.

Louis goes on to say that wheatgrass is full of "Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, over 100 different trace elements, a full spectrum, like potassium, magnesium, zinc, gold, silver, all in trace form. It's also full of chlorophyll and all the vitamins: A, B, C, all that stuff. One ounce has the equivalency to 5 pounds of carrots or 2 and 1/2 pounds of organic vegetables.

Kim Duncanson
Kim Duncanson

Kim says, "I do the local deliveries. We work with Athens, the oldest juice bar in Miami, on Collins and 71st, The Last Carrot in The Grove, Sun Juice in South Miami, Smoothie King on Alton, by FIU, and on Biscayne next to The Daily, also Juice Zone and Key To Health on Key Biscayne.

"That's Brandon, he's been with us for years, since he was 16."
"That's Brandon, he's been with us for years, since he was 16."

 

Fieldtrip To Green Garden Organics Soil-Grown Microgreens and Wheatgrass Farm In Pictures

Brandon says "We met in The Grove when I was bout 16, I'm 24 now." Kim adds "He's the future Louis. He knows how to do everything here with his eyes closed."

Brandon cuts the wheatgrass so that it can be stored in the cooler and bagged for distribution.
Brandon cuts the wheatgrass so that it can be stored in the cooler and bagged for distribution.
The wheatgrass roots that form on the underside of the soil mix.
The wheatgrass roots that form on the underside of the soil mix.
Growroom footwear.
Growroom footwear.
Lupe, another farm worker.
Lupe, another farm worker.

 

Fieldtrip To Green Garden Organics Soil-Grown Microgreens and Wheatgrass Farm In Pictures

Lupe doesn't speak much English, but she says of the wheatgrass "It's good for people with cancer." Then she continues unloading the farm shelves so Brandon can cut more.

The farm also produces a variety of other greens.

Pea greens
Pea greens
Fresh crop
Fresh crop
For sunflower greens
For sunflower greens
Break on through
Break on through
Fieldtrip To Green Garden Organics Soil-Grown Microgreens and Wheatgrass Farm In Pictures
In the walk-in cooler
In the walk-in cooler
Fieldtrip To Green Garden Organics Soil-Grown Microgreens and Wheatgrass Farm In Pictures
Fieldtrip To Green Garden Organics Soil-Grown Microgreens and Wheatgrass Farm In Pictures

 

Micro amaranth
Micro amaranth
Micro greens
Micro greens
Oh yeah, Green Garden Organics also makes their own compost. Get in the van and check it out.
Oh yeah, Green Garden Organics also makes their own compost. Get in the van and check it out.
Fieldtrip To Green Garden Organics Soil-Grown Microgreens and Wheatgrass Farm In Pictures
Fieldtrip To Green Garden Organics Soil-Grown Microgreens and Wheatgrass Farm In Pictures
Fieldtrip To Green Garden Organics Soil-Grown Microgreens and Wheatgrass Farm In Pictures

Wanna know more about Green Garden Organics? Call Kim at 305-444-9830 and leave a message.


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