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Organic farms becoming new 'it' thing in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Organic produce farms are becoming more common in Las Vegas, mainly because more people want to eat organically. Even bartenders prefer chemical-free produce when serving your favorite drinks.

There are two unique methods happening here in the valley: hydroponics, where plants are grown in recycled water in a green house and another called aquaponics, which gets some help from fish.

You should expect to taste more organic mint in your mojito -- at least if you visit Honey Salt near Summerlin.

"That mint that farm sends us is perfect. It's great." Melissa Samaniego would know. She's a bartender at the popular eatery and says going organic on all produce makes a whole lot of difference in taste when shaking up those drinks.

"If we run out and someone buys it at the store, it's not the same. The leaves are brighter, they're greener and it just tastes better than what you buy at the grocery store," she says.

But it doesn't stop at the bar.

"It's important to know where your food comes from, and what you put in your body, and nowadays so many chemicals and pesticides that you don't want in your body," said Honey Salt's Executive Chef Joseph Zanelli.

All this talk of organic may have you surprised that it's grown right here in the desert climate of Las Vegas. Farm owner Marilyn Yamamoto admits it takes a little more work.

"It's catching on. Everybody is eating healthy, everyone's lifestyle is changing," Yamamoto said. She's also getting a little help from fish.

"We have tables with plants. The fish waste gets filtered and they give good nutrients for plants. [In turn], the plants clean water back for fish and it's their own ecosystem -- and grows beautiful greens as well."

If you're interested in learning more about organic farms and creating your own in your backyard, Cowboy Trails Farms offers classes you can take.
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