indoor hydroponics operation
I have been interested in food production for some time, and have been researching greenhouse operations, market gardening, and other possibilities. Recently, I became aware of a possible space available to me that is about 5000 square feet. It is in the basement of a restaurant in my city. It has a concrete floor and no windows. It is clean and partially developed, not dirty and dingy.
Now that this space has come onto my radar, I am looking at possibilities to use it profitably while still accomplishing my goal of producing quality food. I am wondering if a space that size could be properly utilised with a hydroponics operation and be financially feasible?
I am aware that the main expense is going to be power for the lights and ventilation etc. However, could a system be designed that would be profitable enough to make the expense worthwhile?
Crops I am considering are herbs and greens for the restaurant market. Another avenue I have been considering is the processing of basil into pesto to get some value-added profit from the herb. Would a system of the size I would be limited to provide enough basil to make that a worthwhile venture?
Any thoughts or advice you may have in regards to a profitable setup that could be created in that space would be greatly appreciated.