Love Local Farming? Try Your Living Room

Don Beland is converting his five-bedroom suburban home in Holly Springs, N.C., into a farm—indoors.

In the kitchen he has set up hardware-store shelves that hold 12 trays of tomato seedlings, arugula, spinach and microgreens. In about two weeks, the tomato plants will move into the dining room, where Mr. Beland will replant them into a 7-foot high soilless growing system he is building. Near a window, jalapeño and habanero pepper seeds germinate in a 3-foot wide miniature greenhouse. The house is typically aglow with purple...

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