This week saw two new businesses come to light in the city which are so different from what has “always” been around that I feel they can single-handedly help draw more original type businesses to the city. The city’d planning advisory committee recently green lighted an industrial size ornamental aquaculture farm in the west end in the old sock factory on Saunders. By the way, ornamental fish are this little cute ones in your aquarium. When they begin operations they will employ roughly 8 people but that is expected to grow to 35 when fully operational. The owners also are also already working with the River Institute making sure the proper water is used to have the healthiest fish. They will prodcue up to 2.5 million of those little suckers a year!
Next was the introduction of Smart Greens, a hydroponic farm inside a shipping container located in downtown Cornwall. This organic operation will produce 1,200 plants per week, yes per week, 12 months a year! Right now they are growing spinach, kale and basil. It is the first of it’s kind in Canada and the two owners are born and raised Cornwallites. I got a tour of the facility and sampled some of the kale and spinach and can’t wait to have it on my lunch and diner table at home. The best part is they are pesticide free and not stored in containers and trucks while they wait to be shipped, you can have a salad for lunch that was harvested less than an hour ago! Click on the image for more info.
Add to the mix the healthier dining choices that are popping up everywhere in town, from the Green Girl Cafe at Physical Limits and the soon to be Mindful Cookery downtown, making it easier to eat clean.
I am proud to call Cornwall my home and I am equally as excited to hopefully play or small part in helping it grow in the near future. It’s an exciting time to live hear and there are more cool things to come I’m sure, let’s support and embrace the change.