Planted is a vertical hydroponic farm on Detroit’s East Side. We’re growing sustainable food that fuels our communities. Changing the way Detroiters access fresh, local produce is what Planted is all about.
Our goal is to challenge the status quo of the existing food system. We grow creative ideas among our uniquely knowledgeable team, and our people-centric approach creates a fun and productive work environment. We have great fun growing good food.
Planted is a vertical hydroponic indoor farm right in the heart of Detroit. Planted’s farm utilizes little to no soil, and our plants are fed through a water-based solution that supplies all of the nutrients they need. We have repurposed a warehouse on the lower east side to grow indoors, and by scaling vertically we have multiplied the farm’s productivity exponentially.
The irrigation system we use was developed in house and functions as a large scale flood table. The trays are flooded to a specific height and then allowed to slowly drain back to a single point. From there, we can adjust nutrient levels to make sure the plants are strong and healthy.
Because we grow indoors, we must substitute the light and heat of the sun with technology. The lights at Planted’s farm use a targeted spectrum that give the plants exactly what they need to flourish. Our lights are LED: we are partnered with Illumitex and are supplied through The Grow Light Club.
Planted strives to be mindful of the resources needed to grow healthy food. We are able to use substantially less water than with traditional farming methods: most water with soil based farming is lost to runoff or to the local aquifer, while ours is recycled within the system and focused directly on the plants themselves. Our LED lights also use significantly less energy than traditional grow lights. By utilizing these innovative technologies in unique ways, we intend to redefine the local food system as we know it.
Basil grown in Planted’s systems is flavorful, strong and healthy, and our herb capabilities don’t stop there. We’re currently seeding cilantro, curly and flat leaf parsley, chives, mint and shiso.
We are currently growing arugula, mizuna, tatsoi, green leaf, red leaf and a gourmet mix of baby greens in our grow system. We also grow baby head lettuces and hearty greens such as kale, collards and chard.
Our microgreens might be small, but they pack a macro punch. These specialty mini greens can be used in any dish to add color, visual interest and a pop of concentrated flavor. Currently we are growing Mizuna, Arugula, Red Arrow Radish, Bull’s Blood Beet, and Basil microgreens, alongside tender and flavorful pea shoots.
Our goal at Planted is to grow exactly what you want to buy, locally, sustainably and year round. We’re open to trying unique crops, new growing systems and anything else that might solve a bottleneck in Detroit’s food system. Please give us a call to talk about what you’d like to see Planted growing this year.
We can and must respond creatively to the triple crisis and simultaneously overcome dehumanization, economic inequality, and, ecological catastrophe.”
“Modern agriculture has thoroughly separated the agri from the culture. They’ve killed the meaning of the word—bifurcated it, completely, in just the last thirty or so years.”
“It’s time for the world to realize that farmers and the natural environment are not obstacles to sustainable growth, but preconditions for it.”
“The general public, when they hear greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, their eyes glaze over, it feels so big and detached from their lives…. But food is one of those ways to tell this story in a way people can really relate to — and, ultimately, in a way people can incorporate, and become an actor in the solution over time.”
– Sam Kass
Planted’s vertical hydroponic growing system is more efficient and less resource intensive than traditional soil farming. By farming closer to the eater, we reduce our food miles and carbon footprint significantly.
We are growing good food right in Detroit, with the goal of feeding our neighbors the local produce from right around the corner. This vision for a truly local food system will help address food insecurity in Detroit.
Because Planted is growing indoors, we can seed, plant, transfer and harvest literally 365 days a year. By supplying our local restaurants, retailers and neighbors, we can keep the local food system running whether snow, rain or shine.
Planted’s nonprofit sister organization, Eden Gives, supplies food insecure Detroiters year round with fresh food to feed their families. Planted’s produce will complement this work, creating a sustainable food system within the microcosm of each neighborhood, starting on the lower east side and growing from there.
The amount of water it takes us to grow crops vs. conventional soil-based farming.
The number of pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides we use.
How much basil we can grow, year round, every 28 days in a 4x8ft tray
How much basil one can grow, during growing season, in a 4x8ft soil plot