21st century farming with a mission,
putting precious people to work
growing food that has up to 40 times more nutrients
than their adult plant counterparts,
using 158-236 times less water,
in 93-95% less time.
We're no longer seedless in Seattle!
Once upon a time, we [Christian and Kathy Overman] saw a You Tube video about Larry Hountz and his wife Zhanna, who created a "vertical farm" in an unused bedroom of their urban Baltimore home. Using coco fiber pads as a soil substitute, and grow lights on food-safe towers in a temperature-and-humidity-controlled environment, they created a you-can-do-this-too approach to indoor farming that inspired us.
Although we don't farm exactly like Larry does (see the "How We Farm" tab above), we have based our approach upon his, with gratitude. Thanks, Larry!
The photo above was taken on Monday, October 8, 2018, as two young men with disabilities, our son Rodney, and his friend David, entered the Viva-the-Greens! farm in the lower level of our home for the first time to farm microgreens.
One of our motivations for starting this farm was to provide enjoyable, on-going work for adults with disabilities, an overlooked minority group.
Income that is generated through the sale of Viva-the-Greens! produce helps us keep this meaningful work going.
We ship fresh, living microgreens to the lower 48 states in their uncut state, on the same corn starch grow-pads the seeds were spread 1-3 weeks earlier.
We sell living plants,
not dead ones!
Our customers harvest their own greens with scissors, cutting the plants 1/4" above the base of the stems. Microgreens don't get any fresher!