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Swainway Urban Farm

In an unassuming building tucked into a strip mall just off a busy intersection in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, a thriving urban farm is proving that American agriculture is changing.

A man flags me down in the parking lot, and waves me into an empty space between two vehicles and a box truck. I’ve already driven up and down the length of the strip mall twice, checked my GPS and sheepishly considered sending out an S.O.S. via Instagram. I trustingly follow the bearded, ball-capped man, who is talking on his cell phone through the unmarked door. There are no signs that announce that you have arrived at the doorstep of Central Ohio’s premiere mushroom and microgreen farm, however, as soon as you enter you know just by the earthy aroma of the place.