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CAN (AB): Thiel's Greenhouses ventures into hydroponics

Greenhouse owner Nadine Stielow started testing hydroponic growing technology last spring and saw the fruits of her labour come to life literally in the form of lettuce and other vegetables this summer.

With the successful testing, the next step launching campaign to raise $25,000 this fall, which helps the expansion project’s overall cost of $150,000.

“One of the things I strongly believe in, is if you’re a business in a community, you had better be supporting the community and making sure that lots of people know what you’re doing and being very candid and fluid in what you do,” said Stielow.

She could have simply approached a bank for a loan however she has a reason for this funding initiative but this approach helps get the word out about the new technology.

“The idea is to get the community engaged, get partners involved, tell people what you’re doing because people get excited about that. Unless people know what we’re doing as a business in Alberta how will they want to buy local and fresh, which we’re trying to promote,” she said.

Read more at the Fort Saskatchewan Record (Leanne Delong)

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