When Derek Drake started his company Ditto Foods, he had one mission: to focus on social responsibility and sustainability by providing the highest quality produce to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) groups, wholesalers, and local restaurants. Now, the 18-wheel semi-truck parked in his driveway is one of the most exciting and innovative farming companies in Chicago.
Drake is single-handedly making hydroponics—plants that grow without the use of traditional soil or soilless mixes—a more common way of producing fresh vegetables.
And he doesn’t stop there.
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“There are some things that can go wrong, mostly user error on my part. We had some AC issues and we lost everything and we had to start over,” he recalled. Still, “this is a viable business and it’s a great opportunity to grow local, clean produce for our local community.”
Source: Black Enterprise