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High-tech Georgia farmers growing fresh lettuce year-round

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Adam Johnston, farm manager of PodPonics, grower of Lettuce Buy Local Adam Johnston, farm manager of PodPonics, grower of Lettuce Buy Local
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Adam Johnston is not your typical Georgia farmer. He doesn't spend his days tilling soil and worrying about the weather. He's a hydroponics farmer who produces pesticide-free, kosher and flavorful lettuce in a controlled environment.

Johnston is the farm manager of PodPonics, a company that grows fresh produce -- primarily lettuce – indoors on property near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. PodPonics grows its lettuce in vertical tiers inside recycled railroad shipping containers retrofitted with special lighting and air conditioning.

"It's always 72 and sunny," said Johnston. "No matter what's happening outside, whether it's 100 degrees or whether it's 20 degrees, we always have fresh produce growing right here."

Traditionally, lettuce found in most Georgia grocery stores is grown in California, meaning it takes a minimum of three days to be shipped here. The goal of PodPonics is to bring fresh, ready-to-eat lettuce to consumers in Georgia and surrounding states. Its brand name is Lettuce Buy Local.

"This is going to be in your grocery store at Kroger and Whole Foods within hours of when we harvest it," Johnston said.

PodPonics was featured Tuesday on Better Mornings Atlanta.

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