The opening and unveiling to the world of the largest food producing wall in the world will be on May 1, 2015 at the Milan Worlds Fair. This photo at the left is an actual shot done this week showing the final installation going on in Milan.
ZipGrow technology is getting some fuel as the main attraction of the U.S Pavilion at the 2015 World’s Fair. Designed by James Biber of Biber Architects, the Pavilion will feature the world’s largest food-growing green wall, powered by ZipGrow.
Not only will the Pavilion’s 3000-tower green wall showcase the beauty of American innovation, but it will be the first lightweight green wall that can also support traditional large-statured crops. We’re excited to see the greenwall make it’s debut, and we have high hopes that the green wall will serve as a beacon that will encourage vertical farmers and trigger the creation of new farms and new opportunities.
See the full writeup and lots of photos in a recent posting by Bright Agrotech highlighting this extraordinary wall.
We have been talking for so long about why indoor vertical food production MUST be implemented. Two weeks ago the Huffington Post talked of vertical farming and why we are on the verge of a revolution. Two days ago there was featured on NBC News on how farmers in California are now in "Survival Mode" when facing the grim realities of the drought on agriculture in California. Today Governor Brown instituted MANDATORY water cutbacks of 25%!!!
We normally quote using 10% or less of the water to grow crops versus conventional agriculture. Local Greens documents in their location an incredible 1% when compared to an average produce farm.
Why are we having to look for more investment money when the solution is so obvious and ready to go? Our Local Greens operation in the Bay Area has demonstrated incredible water savings and production capability from a completely indoor vertical farm. We invite any serious inquiries for further discussion.
Our Bay Area grower, Local Greens is trying to meet the unprecedented demand for their fresh and live foods in their marketplace. As people experience the difference between Local Greens produce and others available, there is no going back. Local greens has started and Indiegogo campaign to help with this expansion. Local Greens is bringing the live food revolution to welcoming consumers now !!!
Faye Mitchell, co founder of Local Greens could not put it any better about their status in the newly opened Berkely Whole Foods ... "We are proud to be their featured local produce farm. Together we are helping to redefine 'local' in the best way. We think every grocery store should have a farm in their own backyard. This is the first step!"
Urbafresh is convinced that operations similar to Local Greens is the wave of the future. We highlighted in our last few blog entries the serious situation precipitated by the drought in California. Local Greens provides ultra fresh, locally grown produce with 1% of the water and in 2% of the space vs conventional growing methods. The freshest produce, or shall we now call it the localest also !!! (thanks to Dr Nate Storey who coined the term)
Just when we thought we were done talking about the drought, NASA releases this startling, no troubling picture of what the drought is doing to water supplies and possible impacts on global food production and security.
I urge you to click on the link and read the article in its entirety. The pictures and explanations are a true reality check. The article highlights that the problem is just not the US, but global in scope. We believe that we have a tool that can help but not solve this pressing problem. There will have to be more resources and technologies, this reality will not wait ....
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.
Urbafresh has accepted the challenge to bring fresh food prouction and supply to our urban centers through the use of innovative vertical farming installations.