Loaves & Fishes Partner Second Harvest Heartland Turns Shipping Container into Lettuce Farm

Star Tribune

Mar 19, 2019

Second Harvest Heartland Turns Shipping Container into Lettuce Farm

Loaves & Fishes' Guests Benefit from Innovation, Partnership

Article Summary: 

Second Harvest Heartland is the first food bank in the nation to launch an innovative new pilot program, using a shipping container to grow lettuce. The freight container holds a mini hydroponic farm—an indoor growing operation using LED lights. The harvested greens are sent to local nonprofits that distribute them to people in need.

Loaves & Fishes uses the lettuce to supplement donated bags of lettuce from grocery stores. Executive Director Cathy Maes told the Star Tribune, “By the time we get it, it is pretty far gone, so this lettuce is special because it’s so fresh.”  Maes added, “It’s genius.”

To read the Star Tribune Article on the hydroponic growing operation, click here.