To give her family fresh food 12 months out of the year while trimming the grocery bill (Google / The Victoria Times Colonist)

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Start a veggie grow-op

By Melissa Lampman, Postmedia News

The climate of many Canadian cities – rife with wind, snow in many months, and even giant hail – can be a challenge for even the most experienced garden enthusiasts.

Knowing she couldn’t control the weather and wanting fresh vegetables year round were reasons enough for longtime Calgarian Ursula de Vries to come up with a way to grow food indoors. And thus, Vertical Veggie Farms was born.

The mother of five wanted to give her family fresh food 12 months out of the year while trimming the grocery bill. “One of the major expenses we have in our household is food, so I thought if I could change the way I do things with food, that it would lessen the impact,” she says.

Her family “inspired me to grow really good quality food for them.”

The Vertical Veggie Farm (available for $340) is a hydroponic growing system that comprises a movable stand that measures 158 centimetres high, 51 cm deep and 114 cm wide with 15 plant spaces suspended by wire and five solution reservoirs.

It also comes with the proper light bulbs, 15 hydroponic starter cubes, growing fill, organic solution, as well as heritage seeds of beans, lettuce, chard and kale.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.