Growth spurt: New state-of-the-art greenhouse to power microgreens operation
Robbie McClam has an odd idea of retirement. After a successful career in architecture and development, McClam found his attention drawn back to the agricultural interests that led to him to consider changing his field of study at Clemson University.
Inspired by the story of Will Allen, a South Carolina native whose work in urban farming and sustainable food production in Milwaukee led to a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” McClam decided to try something similar in his home state.
That led to the 2009 founding of City Roots Organic Farm in Columbia, S.C. The operation he runs with his son Eric has steadily become a state and regional go-to for microgreens for restaurant and retail customers and is poised for breakout growth with the construction of a new 73,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse.
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