Fresh produce can be hard to find in Alaska. Many of us have purchased leafy greens and veggies at the store only to have them turn to mush within a day or two once we get them home. In Anchorage, one man is hoping to change that.
Jason Smith is the founder and owner of Alaska Natural Organics, or ANO. ANO is set to open its doors at the end of June and will be Anchorage’s first indoor vertical farm. Set inside the old Matanuska Maid building, ANO will be a 5,000-square foot, hydroponic, organic farm.
“We’ll be starting with basil and butter lettuce and working with some of the restaurants. We’ll be looking at spinach, mixed greens, arugula, stuff like that,” Smith said.
Smith said he first started growing organic veggies in his Anchorage garage. After achieving success, he wanted to share his healthier, cleaner, fresher way of growing with the masses.