“We have managed to grow field on top of field on top of field,” she said referring to the design of 80 Acres’ indoor space.
“We give these plants the perfect day, every day. And there is no playbook for what we are doing. We’re pretty much making it up as we go,” she said, adding “we now have global investors, which is awesome.”
Among the St. Joseph students’ questions were some direct ones.
“How do you do it?” asked one student, eliciting good natured laughs among the mostly adult audience.
Livingston explained the farming process and added how the company’s close relationship with Hamilton has benefitted both.
“I feel like we are family here. We are helping one another here … and we love being here.”
St. Joseph fifth grade teacher Missy Biddinger said after the presentation, her students were excited to learn from such an agricultural pioneer of 21st Century farming.
The Fitton Center’s popular speaking series attracted Biddinger’s attention and asked center officials if her students from the nearby, neighborhood school could join in the audience to which they gladly agreed.
“I think it is interesting for the kids to be able to get information from other people besides me and to have an experience such as this to learn from as well as what we learn in the classroom.”
“And they had great questions.”
Photojournalist Nick Graham contributed to this story.