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HomeLocal Supplier SpotlightBaldwin Greenhouse Microgreens

Baldwin Greenhouse Microgreens

If you are interested in learning about growing microgreens at home, James of Baldwin Greenhouse is offering an informative class at MMFC on Saturday, February 16th 10-11am.

Meet James Karlson, owner of Baldwin Greenhouse to learn a little about his business and why he loves microgreens.


How did Baldwin Greenhouse get its start? 

The Baldwin Greenhouse was started in 1935 by the Kimball Family.  After WWII, John Christianson expanded it to the size it is today, operating it for 42 years.  In the summer of 1994, I purchased it after working for John for almost 5 years.
  1. What does your greenhouse specialize in?

The Baldwin Greenhouse has been a unique operation because of its size and location for many years. We offer full service floral, holiday plants, trees, shrubs, vegetables, bedding plants, hanging baskets, full cemetery urn service, and light landscaping.
  1. What made you decide to grow microgreens?

After my mother introduced to me an article explaining microgreens, I was immediately drawn to the idea and process.  After studying the process, I found a way to properly implement it.  Much of my work in developing microgreens has been in the classrooms of our schools, where I can bring the message of healthy living and the ease of how it can be accomplished.  It has been exciting to see microgreens take off both with the agriculture instructors and the students who see the value in it.
  1. Does your greenhouse have any certifications?

The Baldwin Greenhouse has an integrated pest management system that stays away from harsh chemicals and fertilizers when possible.  The simplicity of growing microgreens allows us to expand that philosophy and keep a clean, healthy food source.  As the commercial side of production expands, I foresee the profitability of organic certification becoming a distinct possibility.  As of right now we use the practices without formal certification.
  1. What do you love about your work?

The most enjoyable experiences for me have been the success of learning from a changing environment, and the hands on results of my work.

A little more about microgreens…

Microgreens are the seedlings of vegetables and herbs and are commonly used as garnish. In addition to adding a pop of color to your favorite dish, they are loaded with nutrients like vitamins C, E, and K, and 40 time more beta-carotene than their mature counterparts, which our bodies turn into vitamin A!

They are concentrated plants, and are packed with flavor and texture. ATry adding them to any dish, salad, juice, or smoothies!

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