When the Farm Comes to Your House

Dear Reader:

The best thing about living on Rainbow Road are the neighbors and the next thing is the fresh foods they bring ..eggs straight from their chickens and lettuce grown, not just by hydroponic methods but now aeroponics methods.

*“Soil farmers grow in the dirt, hydroponic farmers grow in the water, but with aeroponics the roots actually just hang and are frequently misted with high nutrient water.”  “This is all controlled by technology.”

Chelsey works for Vertical Roots which is an “innovative container farming system that delivers fresh chemical-free vegetables all year round.”  (All said and done…all I know is that the lettuce is as light as butter and taste so good I make lettuce sandwiches (instead of bread) now with chicken salad and use the fresh eggs in the potato salad. Unbelievably good!

Chelsey’s company is in the process of moving from Summerville to Clements Ferry in Charleston because the growth expansion has been phenomenal.  Vertical Roots now serves several local school districts as well as Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Earth Fare, Veggie Bin, and Lowes.

Chelsey, herself, has been promoted to do more work in research and is actually creating new hybrids of lettuce as we speak. We are so proud of her!

It is a new world out there but with creative, healthier ways to grow food now…it is filled with such promise…especially when I see that hope shining in the eyes of our young neighbors, Luke and Chelsey.

So until tomorrow…Remember….”Everybody is trying to swallow something that won’t go down“…Unless you live across the street from Luke and Chelsey…then everything goes down better! 🙂

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to When the Farm Comes to Your House

  1. bcparkison says:

    Given that most of our soil is depleated of anything healthy this may be the future.


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