Locally Grown, High Quality Hydroponic Lettuce and Greens

TrueFarms mission:

Simply, we think there is a need for clean, fresh, environmentally friendly, grown year round lettuce in northern Virginia.

clean:
  Lettuce grown in water and nutrients only.  This crop will grow without soil, without pesticides or preservatives of any kind.  Our land has an abundance of very clean water coming from its well.  It's so clean and balanced we don't have to treat it with any additives or chemicals. We use the water as it comes out of the ground and off of the Bull Run Mountains.  

fresh:
   Lettuce grown locally in northern Virginia and delivered in refrigerated trucks to our customers within hours of being harvested.  Our lettuce goes into a refrigerator within 30 minutes of being harvested.  The lined boxes of lettuce go from our cooler to refrigerated trucks for local delivery.  Since we keep the roots attached during harvest, the lettuce is still growing as it's delivered to our customers as living lettuce.  This keeps the lettuce fresher for longer periods of time.  

environmentally friendly:    
Our lettuce is grown hydroponically which recycles all the water it uses to feed the plants.  Only evaporation and plant absorption consume water so our crops use 1/20th the water used by a traditional soil farm.  The greenhouse helps with controlling environmental conditions during hot summers and cold winters.  Wet walls and fans cool the greenhouse in the summer, and propane heaters keep our temperature high enough in the winter.  The state-of-the-art greenhouse is built with extra insulation and has a poly air pocket covering to keep energy use as low as possible.  Sensors hooked up to a monitoring computer will adjust the various environmental factors for ideal lettuce production.  The greenhouse is a barrier to insects of all kinds.  Our greenhouse also has an insect barrier chamber on the south wall to screen out insects wanting a quick meal.  We also employ beneficial lady bugs to help protect our precious plants. 

grown year-round:   
Our customers demand fresh produce all year round.  Technology and greenhouse structure gives us the ability to be a consistent producer of lettuce in the northern Virginia area.  Traditional soil crops are more exposed and cannot bare the elements during cold months.  Virginia's humid nature is an advantage to growing year round in our greenhouse.