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Ledgeview Gardens

In 2001, Joe Vollmar, of Ledgeview Gardens, went from having a lush personal garden to exploring hydroponics, an automated system that delivers food to plants by mixing natural minerals and nutrients into water. Soon he was growing tomatoes, greens, herbs, and cucumbers hydroponically as a full-time farmer. With son Darren as a business partner and the rest of the Vollmar family onboard, they learned the ins and outs of growing hydroponically and organically and now have a thriving 18-acre farm, which also includes a grown-in-the-soil operation and hoop houses for four-season farming. Between their CSA, Saturdays at the Green Bay Farmers’ Market, and local chefs and restaurants, they’ve made a reputation in the area for best-quality melons, peppers, carrots, beans, onions, and garlic, as well as eggs and meat birds. They practice sustainably, and with the most humane animal husbandry techniques.

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