The most compelling reason for growing in an indoor plant production facility is the complete control of the growth environment.
Within the last five years, there has been an increasing number of indoor growing facilities, those completely enclosed and without sunlight, in the United States. Many of these controlled environment facilities are growing leafy greens or culinary herbs and seek to reduce the number of food miles that these products travel, often from California, where most of the lettuce production is in the US. In addition, in the last decade, some greenhouses have shifted from seasonal floriculture crops to food crops to move away from the tumultuous, condensed spring season and move towards a year-round business with more steady revenue. Regardless of the crops grown, growers and entrepreneurs should consider the benefits and challenges of both greenhouse and indoor production systems prior to starting any new venture.
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