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Agritech’s soft opening

Doors were open and tours of Agritech North were offered to members of the public.

DRYDEN -- On April 18 Agritech North held their official soft opening.

Doors were open and tours of the facility were offered to members of the public between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The greenhouse is closed year-round to the public for pest control purposes once growing has begun.  They are only able to have people in the facility when they do their cleaning cycle once a year.

The tours were led by Ben Faegin and Fabian Velez. During the tour the guests were able to see the equipment and learn about the process of growing from start to finish.

Faegin spoke about the partnerships Agritech has with 3 Points in Space Media, OK Compost, and local schools. 3 Points in Space Media will be delivering Agritech’s produce products to rural communities up north via drone. OK Compost produces completely compostable packaging that Agritech will be using.

Velez spoke about the different things that were going to be grown in this cycle. Mostly leafy greens with some small vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants, peas and peppers.  There are a few special things growing as well that are not common for this area, but provide big nutrition.

Guests were then able to ask questions and enjoy a snack. Presale subscription food boxes were available for purchase as well with a grand opening discount. The boxes have a mix of pre-selected vegetables and herbs and are delivered biweekly. Agritech plans to offer customizable produce options for the subscription boxes in the near future.

Following the tours, Agritech closed their operation to the public to begin a new round of growing.

Sarah Desforges

About the Author: Sarah Desforges

Sarah Desforges is a reporter living in Northwestern Ontario.
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