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Oasis Acres: The name says it all.
We visited Oasis Acres on a chilly, gray, February day to meet the Smucker Family. Glen, Lois, their daughter, son-in-law and 6 grandchildren all live and work on the Orrville farm that has been in the Smucker family for 5 generations. Together, they grow a variety of lettuces and herbs year-round with only organic inputs. Their pest control methods include the ducks you see in the video who eat bugs from the yard… before they can get into the greenhouse!
The warm, bright environment in the greenhouse keeps the 10,000 plants growing on even the coldest of winter days. The heat comes from an innovative corn burner system (much of which was designed and built by Glen), with a propane back-up. They have also recently installed solar panels to provide “green” electricity for the entire growing operation.
Oasis Acres began selling with Local Roots in 2014 and was the first to be able to provide our customers fresh greens through the wintertime.
Thank you to the Smucker Family for your beautiful produce, your hard work and for sharing your story with us!