Hydroponic fodder helping to feed family’s dairy cows

Tom and Jane Lensmire have taken “going green” to a whole new level. The Lensmires have transformed an old machine shed on their rural Cleveland farm into a hydroponic garden of good eating for their mixed herd of Holsteins, Jerseys, Jersey/Holstein crossbreeds and Swiss dairy cows. The Lensmires became interested in growing fodder for their herd hydroponically a few years back. They did some research and some experimenting, growing hydroponically in their basement. After they determined that hydroponics could be a viable alternative for their farm, they investigated companies that sold hydroponic systems. In 2012 they gutted an old machine shed on their property and installed a hydroponic system. Ω