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Vertical Farming Found in Portage Indiana – Green Sense Farm

     With the Upcoming Garden Show and after the holidays closer to Spring, we tend to focus on Spring time and the rebirth of plants, gardening and plant life. But, there is a local farm in Northwest Indiana that has plant growth all year long – in Portage, Indiana.

     Headquartered in Portage Indiana, Green Sense Farms’ innovative indoor, vertical growing system means their farms can grow 365 days per year in perfect growing conditions, without herbicides, pesticides, or GMO seeds. Popular Science recently named Green Sense Farms to its list of the year’s 100 Greatest Inventions for the farm’s innovative sustainable farming. Indiana University South Bend is the only comprehensive public university in North Central Indiana and the third largest campus in the Indiana University system. With more than 100 degree programs, IUSB serves more than 8,300 students.

     “Our farm is a confluence of science, art and business. We’re excited to extend that partnership by working side by side with the academic community. We’re excited about how the students tell the story of sustainability through art,” said Robert Colangelo, CEO and Founding Farmer for Green Sense Farms. The farms supplies products for all kinds of institutions like hospitals, prisons, schools, and retail outlets.

     “We wanted to develop a course that provided a forum for thought-provoking questions and answers regarding the integration of art, urban gardening, and sustainability,” said Dr. Joseph. “The mural is an expression of the historical, cultural, sociological, environmental, and economic issues involved in the evolution of sustainability,” he said.

     Green Sense Farms can be visited at or reached by calling 219-762-9990.

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