In early February I bought local basil at the grocery store. The bunch came from a hydroponic farm about 20 minutes north of my home. With its roots still intact, and I placed the basil in a glass of water on my windowsill. The roots soak up the water daily, and I add another three inches or so each night when I'm doing the dishes. I’m amazed at how the basil has thrived for almost two months on my windowsill that gets very little direct sunlight.
If you’re unfamiliar with hydroponic agriculture, it’s a method of growing produce indoors using nutrient rich water instead of soil that can be done year round. It’s one way that agriculture is moving indoors in many regions, and according to those hosting the Indoor Agriculture Convention in May, the method is a major component in the future of agriculture.