As I was doing my morning reading today I came across this stark article in Slate by meteorologist Eric Holthaus that featured a foreboding depiction of a bleak future. Take a look at my blog entry yesterday and contrast that to this quote ...
"It’s easy to criticize farming and the way it’s done here. But I think what gets missed is that it’s just part and parcel of the way our modern life is. You can’t have all these things that we take for granted without the Central Valley. You can’t have a modern life without this kind of agriculture. You can’t have these vast cities without having these vast farms to supply them. The whole picture is, right now, we’re dependent on the Central Valley. I don’t see what the options realistically are if this takes a nosedive. Where are we going to get our food?"
Do you think it is time to seriously turn to indoor ag or new technologies to fundamentally change our way of doing things or will this haunting image from the article be the new norm?
One of the BIG advantages to Controlled Environment Agriculture or CEA is closed loop watering systems that are common to these facilities. Since water is recirculated, basically the only water used is the actual uptake by the plants and thus one of the major advantages of this type of agriculture for growing produce.
Our grower in the Bay Area, Local Greens is an excellent example of this effect as they produce fresh produce to Bay Area Whole Foods stores. The live food is produced with an amazing efficiency in a state where drought is a prime concern and grown indoors in a city where the food is ultimately consumed. This is where our vision for the future lies ...
Here are some pictures of products and towers from the Local Greens operation.
Our Bay Area grower Local Greens is expanding the notion of live foods rapidly in the Bay Area. Yesterday we highlighted pre-opening festivities at the new Berkeley Whole Foods where Local Greens will have a table and is prominent supplier of fresh herbs and produce to the new store and several others there.
Meet the people behind the company and stop in and say hello:
Join our grower Local Greens in celebrating a new store and outlet for the finest in Fresh, Live produce grown indoors in a Controlled Environment food production site within walking distance to this new store ... come join in and say hello to the folks from Local Greens at this great event ...
A Pre-Opening Celebration of Our Newest Store in Berkeley!
Whole Foods Market Gilman - 1025 Gilman Street - in the parking lot
Saturday, October 25th (11am - 3pm)
We'd love for you and your family and friends to meet the Gilman team at the newest Whole Foods Market store in Berkeley! Come join our pre-opening celebration before we open the doors on November 4th.
There will be kids' activities, including a cupcake walk, pumpkin decorating, REI bike repair station, free BBQ and a live raffle with prizes worth over $500.
While we are waiting to hear from the Chase Main St grant judges, we would like to keep the momentum generated by our efforts for keeping Las Vegas at the forefront of vertical farming. The new green walls using our vertical towers would be an excellent showcase for the technology that is proposed in our indoor farm design. The green walls could be placed on virtually any flat surface and will produce fresh live produce exactly as our indoor farm.
We want to find a partner who would like to collaborate with us to put this into their location in Las Vegas. Please direct inquiries through our contact page or email us.
It appears we have made the cut !!! We have just passed the 250 Vote mark so we are now officially one of the finalists moving on to be judged by the panel of judges. Couldn't have done it without all you who made this happen ... THANKS !!!
Keep your fingers crossed as we now enter the judged competition ending with the announcement of the winners of the grants in January ...
If you have 10 mins or so, this video from Dr Nate Storey describing where the design came from and what it means to the future is well worth the watch ... the future as we see it ..
We are trying to get the needed votes to get us into consideration for the Chase Main St Grant program ... we have until Friday to get 250 votes and this last 100 is what we now need ... please help us to get this innovative Urban Farm to benefit veterans up and in place with your help ... see our grant site to vote and find out more ...
Urbafresh has accepted the challenge to bring fresh food prouction and supply to our urban centers through the use of innovative vertical farming installations.