Urban Greens

Type: Greens

Produces: Microgreens

Location: Iowa City, IA

Miles from Coop: 8

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Ted Myers (left) and sister-brother duo Laura Greig and Chad Treloar want more local greens in your life – in January, and February, and March, and April... and you get the picture.

With biology, environmental science, and global ag. resource studies at the University of Iowa in their back pocket, this crew has set up a pretty impressive hydroponic system in their house, and have all kinds of exciting expansion plans.

Their first hydroponics efforts were actually in Haiti, building a hydroponic system for an orphanage where the soil was too poor for growing good vegetables. Here in Iowa we have excellent soil of course, but we don’t always have excellent vegetable growing weather, so they’re here to provide us beautiful greens, year-round!

Stop by your Co-op to try out the new Lettuce Medley or Bold & Spicy Salad Mix from Urban Greens, and look for more varieties to come in the future!

Growing through Hydroponics

Hydroponic growing uses burlap as a growing medium, removing the need for soil and eliminating soil-borne diseases and pests, weeds and the use of herbicides and pesticides.

A water tank contains all the nutrients required to grow the baby greens. The channels are linked to the tank with tubing, which carries the water to the plants and the channels drain the excess water. LED lighting and fans are used to create and maintain the proper indoor growing environment.

“No one else is doing it in this area,” Chad says.
“It’s a pretty good niche for Iowa City.”

They spend 100+ hours a week tending to thousands of microgreens growing in the backyard and basement. And they are delicious!

Microgreens are small, nutrient-packed produce that can be used any way you use other greens (on sandwiches and burgers, blended into smoothies, or tossed into salads). The trio plant a variety of veggies including arugula, sunflowers, sweet corn, cilantro, broccoli, and lettuce and harvest them just a few weeks after they germinate. By utilizing their basement as a hydroponic greenhouse, they are able to grow year-round.

Ted says,

We’re trying to innovate and become the New Age urban farmers. The old way of doing things isn’t working out. The population is only getting bigger and bigger, and finding new ways of growing things and educating people, that’s the most important thing.


Urban Greens Products

Checkout these great products from Urban Greens

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Superfood Mix

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Lettuce Medley


Other Local Producers

Be sure to check out these others great local producers!

Slipstream Granola

Slipstream Granola

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Milton Creamery

Milton Creamery

The Musser family – Rufus, Jane, and sons Junior and head cheesemaker Galen – make artisanal cheese the old fashioned way, and source their added growth hormone-free milk from less than 30 miles away.

Milton, IA

Early Morning Harvest

Early Morning Harvest

Earl, Ronda (above), & son Jeff Haffner grow organic grains and stone grind them whole – germ intact (unlike commercial flour). Their organic grains are in many of New Pi’s breads, prepared foods, and on New Pi shelves

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Old Capitol Tofu

Old Capitol Tofu

Jake, Matthew, and the gang at Old Capitol Food Co. make their local organic tofu in Iowa City with organic Iowa soybeans and pure, reverse osmosis water for the freshest, cleanest tasting tofu around.

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Dirty Face Creek Farm

Dirty Face Creek Farm

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Organic Greens

Organic Greens

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Zaza’s Pastas

Zaza’s Pastas

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La Quercia, LLC

La Quercia, LLC

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Norwalk, IA