HAMILTON, Ind. (WFFT) - A company in Hamilton changed the way northeast Indiana does sustainability over the last seven years by growing food using hydroponics and aquaculture, and distributing solar energy.
Sun Distributions in Hamilton specializes in solar energy, but their sustainability efforts can be seen throughout their facility and parts of northeast Indiana.
"On this end of the company we do sustainable food production using hydroponics in a controlled environment," said Zachary Martin, Director of Sustainability Programs.
The company partners with schools and any one else interested in going green by providing them with solar energy capabilities that can generate heat and electricity. They're even heating their own building with solar energy.
"We're collecting energy from the sun using photovoltaic panels, and then that's converted from DC energy into AC, and then that's fed into the school or the consumer."
Students can also come into the facility for a demonstration, and while they're there, they'll get a first hand look at hydroponics in a controlled environment and aquaculture, which uses fish waste to fertilize the plants and a recirculating system.
"We use a soiless media. All the nutrients are delivered in a nutrients solution."
Everything in the greenhouses are controlled from temperature and humidity, to air flow to mimic what the plant needs.
"Most traditional food production methods are located far away from the end user. So, with a production system like this, we can cut that transportation cost and time and you can deliver a higher quality product, closer to the end consumer."
Right now the company is successfully distributing different kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers to local restaurants. Anyone interested in the company can simply give them a call at (260) 657-5605.