Farming with no soil, sunlight in freight cars

Posted at 11:16 AM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 14:16:54-04

A Phoenix firefighter and a personal trainer are thinking outside the box when it comes to farming. The thing is, it's actually being done inside a huge box: a 40-foot by 10-foot freight car.

"I've never felt like so much excitement to be in here and see things grow that we actually planted," says Mark Norton.

Norton and his wife Jill purchased the freight car last October and have been planting leafy greens ever since. The seeds are sprouted and then moved to a cotton strip wedged between mesh made from recycled tires.

A drip system full of nutrients keeps things watered and artificial sunlight keeps things growing. There's no dirt, sunshine or rain but the two are able to harvest a couple times a week.

At this point, the couple is providing their produce to several Valley fitness clubs. They plan to expand and start providing their goods to local restaurants.

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