Boar's Head Resort unveils new indoor hydroponic farm

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- After a couple of weeks of renovation, Boar's Head Resort revealed its new hydroponic farm inside the historic Trout House on Tuesday.

Trout House is the new home to several shelves of kale, lettuce and basil from Babylon Micro-Farms.

Dale Ford, the executive chef at Boar's Head Resort, said the garden will be a great asset to produce fresh ingredients for meals.

"Every Thursday or Friday morning, whatever we choose, we're coming in here to harvest 300 heads of lettuce weekly," said Ford.

He also said this provides the resort an opportunity to enhance its menu options.

"There's 26 menu items for us on our current menu, 13 of them are built around this," Ford said. "It evolves our food and beverage operation, our hospitality operation to a whole other level."

Alexander Olesen, the co-founder of Babylon Micro-Farms, said the hydroponic farm gives Boar's Head Resort the independence to produce fresh greens at any time during the year.

"Boar's Head is now totally self-sufficient in serving ingredients and that reduces their carbon footprint and enhances their sustainable image," he said.

Olesen also mentioned the company is able to provide the resort the crops it needs for its own unique recipes.

"We send it to them as and when they need it," he said. "They simply scan a code and insert it into the system and the system then kicks in and associates that crop variety with a unique growth recipe."

Three Notch'd Brewery is another place in the city that has an indoor hydroponic farm inside its restaurant.

Olesen said they expect to build close to 10 more hydroponic gardens early next year.

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