Rewind a year ago (2012). I, just like you, had no idea what microgreens were. My friend, Curtis Stone, an urban farmer in British Columbia, told me that I should try growing microgreens.
He quickly answered: “No man! Microgreens, they’re the ‘veal of vegetables, eh! You can make some serious cash growing those little green things for farmer’s markets and restaurants. I bet Portland would be a great place to sell them. You should give it a try!”
It was great timing because I wanted to get away from working my meaningless 9-5 job. I dreamt of connecting with the community in a way that would reward me emotionally and financially, yet never knew where to start.
With a bit of fear and excitement, I threw caution to the wind and said: “Sure, let’s give it a shot.”
That day I headed down to the local nursery and purchased some trays, some soil, and a couple packs of seeds.
When I got home I planted the seeds and sure enough, 4 days later, they sprouted! It was so exciting to see them grow. Now, it was time to give them light. I visited my local Home Depot and bought a $20 fluorescent grow light. When I got home, I hung it above my trays and watched my crop get really, really tall and leggy. Whoops!
As it turned out, the light was way too far above the greens. Not letting this stop me, I immediately planted another tray of seeds (much more densely too), and brought the light down to 1 foot above the trays.
A week later, this second crop turned out much much better (see the picture below). In fact, my crop turned out so well, that I decided to take my greens to…