Lakeville Specialty Produce Company, Inc. was founded in 1976 as AgrowNautics, Inc., and pioneered in the early development of commercial-scale controlled environment growing systems and techniques. The company started in Salisbury, Connecticut and then relocated to Hopewell Junction, NY, before finally settling into their current facility in Washingtonville, Pennsylvania in 1985. Lakeville carries a wide variety of high-end specialty salad greens distributed nationwide through wholesale and retail channels. Through extensive technological and horticultural expertise derived from a long production history, Lakeville has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most consistent and dependable producers of top-quality hydroponic specialty produce in the country.
Located in central Pennsylvania, Lakeville uses indoor growing techniques in greenhouses or growth chambers. These processes are called “Controlled Environment Agriculture.” Hydroponics, one technique often used in controlled environment agriculture, involves planting seeds in small, individual inert plugs or cubes and providing the nutrients needed for plant growth directly to the plants by way of enriched nutrient solutions without the use of soil. This allows both precise catering to the plants’ nutritional need and easy respacing of the plants as they mature, which enables the grower to make efficient use of available growing space.
Lakeville follows strict GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) in all aspects of its operations. Lakeville also participates voluntarily in a program of annual third-party food safety audits by Davis Fresh – NSF Agriculture, a leading food safety auditing and consulting firm, and consistently earns outstanding grades from the NSF auditors. In addition, Lakeville is committed to avoiding any use of GMO (genetically modified organism) seed, and requires appropriate assurances from its seed suppliers that only non-GMO seed is supplied to Lakeville.