Episode 198 – Hydroponics & Hurdles: Navigating the Indoor Farming Landscape with Victoria Lee

Hydroponics & Hurdles: Navigating the Indoor Farming Landscape

with Victoria Lee

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On this week’s episode, Victoria shares  her incredible journey into agriculture! From transitioning to hydroponics and navigating regulatory challenges to scaling back and moving into the vibrant world of edible flowers, Vicki shares her insights and advice for making changes in an agriculture business. Tune in to hear about the most rewarding parts of her journey and the impact of her community.  

Basil Ranch has been providing fresh herbs and produce to restaurants and grocers since 1996. Victoria took over the reigns in 2015 and saw an opportunity to grow the produce we were providing using hydroponics as a solution to food security in our northern climate. Their indoor hydroponic farm ran year round in the heart of Inglewood, providing fresh greens and mushrooms to local restaurants and grocers. Basil Ranch’s goal was to contribute to the city’s food security by using low tech, highly sustainable hydroponic food systems.

In November of 2023, Victoria decided to scale back to the things that are near and dear to her heart and closed down the hydroponic farm to focus on the edible flower farm with Subnivean Farm’s cold weather market garden and Permaculture Design Project in Calgary, Alberta.

THIS WEEK’S DISCUSSIONS:

Get ready as we delve into…

  • Vicki’s Journey into Agriculture

  • Transitioning to Hydroponics and the Challenges

  • Regulatory Challenges for Urban Farmers

  • Scaling Back and Moving to Edible Flowers

  • Advice for Making Changes to an Agriculture Business 

  • Vicki’s Most Rewarding Part of Growing From Her Community

LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

 

Victoria Lee | Website | Instagram

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Katelyn Duban

Katelyn Duban

Farmer | Podcast Host | Coach

Welcome to Wild Rose Farmer! My name is Katelyn Duban and I am a first generation female farmer in Southern Alberta, Canada. I married into agriculture back in 2016 to my multigenerational farmer husband, affectionately known as Mr. Wild Rose Farmer. We live and grow on our families certified organic grain and oilseed operation. In the Spring and Summer seasons, I raise a small herd of meat goats and have previously raised bottle calves as well.

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