Who We Are

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Swanky Roots is a local, family-owned business that was founded in 2016 by Ronna Klamert and Veronnaka Evenson.

Veronnaka graduated from Montana State University in 2016 with degrees in Plant Science and Agricultural Education with a minor in Biology Teaching. She loves being outdoors with her two labradoodles Harley and Moose. She met her husband in third grade, they were high school sweethearts and got married in 2017. Her dream is to see the 60 acres the greenhouse sits on turn into an educational farm for the community. She loves helping people connect with nature and understand where our food comes from.

Ronna has always loved gardening and instilled a love of plants and a passion for people in Veronnaka from a young age. She enjoys helping her husband with their angus beef cattle operation, connecting with friends, and serving her community. Through some research the mother-daughter duo decided that aquaponics would be their best option to combine their passions.

The name “Swanky” comes from Ronna’s maiden name “Swanke”

What We Do

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Swanky Roots provides fresh produce to Billings and the surrounding communities! Delicious leafy greens such butterhead and leaf lettuce are available year round! Swanky Roots is committed to producing our product through sustainable methods. With the world population growing and the amount of productive land decreasing, our aquaponics system will have the ability to produce multiple products within one greenhouse. And the best part--it's year-round production right here in Billings, Montana!

Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. Aquaculture is the raising of aquatic animals, like fish, in tanks. Hydroponics refers to cultivating plants in a symbiotic environment. Aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponics to form one interconnected growing system between the fish and the plants.

We can grow lettuce with six times less water than we could in the field

What We Sell

We offer fresh greens year all year long! Lettuce is the main focus, but we also have kale, Swiss chard and other leafy greens. Please stop by our storefront to see what varieties we have available as there is some variation on what we have available. We are working hard to get into your local grocery stores and restaurants ! We also have a variety of herbs and other vegetables we grow on a rotating schedule.

Ronna and Veronnaka have worked closely with Nelson and Pade throughout this process, including attending trainings and certifications. The video above shows co-founder Rebecca Nelson explaining their design.