Differential Impacts of Growing Medium on Micro Greens Productivity

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2017: $7,458.00
Projected End Date: 07/31/2019
Grant Recipient: McEvilly Gardens LLC
Region: North Central
State: Indiana
Project Coordinator:
Thomas McEvilly
McEvilly Gardens LLC


  • Agronomic: Micro greens


  • Crop Production: Growth mediums


    The problem remains one of finding economic viability for the small scale microgreen grower. Our research so far is leading us to the path of composting and reuse of the soilless mixes.  Completely changed from where I started. Thought for certain I would find another medium but instead ended up with composting the soilless mix.The comparison across the initial 27 weeks supports this idea.  I am currently composting the used soilless mix and will compare it to previous results.



    Project objectives:

    Our project objectives remain unchanged. 

    1. Identify a microgreen growing medium more economical and environmentally friendly than a purchased soilless mix.
    2. Protect peat moss environments in Canada and associated flora and fauna by identifying an alternative microgreen growing medium.
    3. Lower commercial crop production cost of microgreens.
    4. Empower kids and their families to grow low cost, nutritious, economically sound and ecologically friendly food.


    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.