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Our Produce

Where can I buy Square Roots produce?

Find out where our local produce is sold via our store locator.

Is your produce organic?

While we are not organic, Square Roots farming practices go above and beyond organic certification. We never use chemical pesticides or sprays (even those allowed within organic certification standards), our crops are non-GMO project verified, and because we grow indoors, our plants stay protected from uncontrollable external factors such as pesticide drift from nearby farms.

Do you use pesticides?

Square Roots never uses pesticides or sprays as part of our pest management plan. We use a holistic approach using natural and environmental methods to prevent and manage pest populations.

Our Farms

Can you add a Square Roots farm to my community?

We have plans for a number of new farms in cities across the United States coming soon in 2022 and 2023! Follow along with us on social media for regular updates.

Where are your farms?

Our climate-controlled indoor farms grow high-quality food, reliably and responsibly, in practically any location. We currently have farms in Brooklyn, NY, Grand Rapid, MI and Kenosha WI, with many more to come!

Can I visit your farms?

Due to COVID-19, all Square Roots farm tours have been put on pause. We hope to begin hosting in-person community farm tours again soon! In the meantime, follow along with us on social media for regular updates and behind the scenes tours, and learn more about our farms here.

Can I buy one of your farms?

We don’t sell our farms or the growing hardware, just the greens inside! Find out where our local produce is sold via our store locator.

Why do you use shipping containers?

There are many advantages to using shipping containers for our indoor farms including:

  • Modularity: containers are quick to install and each container can have its own custom climate. That means we can grow a diverse range of crops using a small footprint.
  • Food safety and system resilience: The modularity of shipping containers enhances food safety. If an issue occurs in one container, it is isolated by design and we are able to program the container to “Mojave Mode”—recreating the harsh (dry and hot) environment of a desert to kill off any pests.
  • Faster learning: Our cloud connected farms collect millions of data points in real-time that we can analyze to optimize yield and taste of our crops. More climates in more containers means more feedback loops, which means faster learning.
  • Easy to scale: To meet increasing market demand we can simply add containers to an existing farm.
What are hydroponics?

Square Roots’ hydroponic farming methods are a significant factor in our ability to bring local, real food year round. Hydroponic farming is simply growing without soil, directly in water. This means that crops can be grown where no suitable soil exists, or where soil is contaminated. Resource efficiency is a significant advantage of hydroponic farming. High density plantings mean far less land is used and the systems have more conservative water and nutrient usage than traditional soil farming. Additionally, our recirculating irrigation system uses significantly less water than outdoor farms while mitigating the detrimental effects of nutrient run-off.

Other

Can I work at Square Roots, and are you currently hiring?

Thank you for your interest in Square Roots! All open positions are posted on our careers page.

Why do you use plastic packaging?

We use PET 1 100% recyclable plastic containers, and majority of our products utilize packaging that is also recycled—made from post-industrial material, reusing plastic already in circulation (RPET).  We believe this best fits our need to protect our produce while balancing accessibility, cost, useability, and environmental impact. A range of factors contribute to these needs, including:  

  • Fresh herbs and greens are delicate and need protection from handling and storage conditions.
  • Consumers and stores need visual transparency to check the produce for quality and freshness.
  • A label on the packaging allows us to communicate our value.
  • Not all stores have loose-leaf handling or re-packing capability.
  • Recycling is more accessible than commercial composting services to most consumers at this time.

Learn more here.

Still have questions?

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