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.
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.
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.
Our climate-controlled indoor farms grow high-quality food, reliably and responsibly, in practically any location. We currently have farms in Grand Rapids, MI, Kenosha, WI, Springfield, OH, and Shepherdsville, KY—with many more to come!
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.
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.
There are many advantages to using shipping containers for our indoor farms including:
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.
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:
Learn more here.