Growing crops may be one of the oldest
of human inventions, but it’s an industry
that’s always evolving. At Shenandoah
Growers, an organic herb farm tucked
into Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in the
northern part of the state, staying on the
cutting edge is a prime mission.
Shenandoah Growers started as a small
family owned herb farm and has since
become one of the biggest suppliers of
fresh herbs in the country. On the day of
our visit, the folks at Shenandoah were
finishing a large order for a major retailer
that included gift pots of rosemary.
In addition to the necessary manpower
of keeping the farm going, the company
uses the latest tech including automated
planters, a proprietary closed-loop system
for their nitrogen cycle and an innovative
growing system with LED lights.
“LED is the future of growing,” company
President and CEO Timothy Heydon said.
But some of the company’s solutions are
effectively low-tech as well, including giant
sheets of tape used for catching critters
— a must-have in an organic facility that’s