By Kevin Allen, South Bend Tribune
SOUTH BEND – January isn’t normally part of the planting season in northern Indiana, but Green Bridge Growers was seeding a crop of Swiss chard last month.
Despite single-digit temperatures outside, the air inside the organization’s greenhouse at Hannah & Friends was a relatively comfortable 55 degrees.
Matt Coleman deposited seeds for germination into a bed of moist rockwool. Brandon Hudson sprinkled a few pinches of fish food into a 100-gallon tank for koi that will help fertilize the seeds and turn them into leafy greens.
Those seed beds will float on foam boards on top of the nutrient-rich water. The plants will grow and, in turn, purify the water. Then the cycle will start all over again.