In this day and age, cities that aren’t taking steps to encourage food growth within city walls are in the minority. All across the globe, cities have realized the value that urban agriculture adds to the urban center and surrounding communities. Addressing challenges from climate change and food security to hunger and obesity prevention, there's no denying the benefits of bringing food production back into the city. Let’s take a deeper look into each:
As a tech-focused and mission driven company, we’re always eager to be involved with organizations and events that align on both levels. Last week was jam-packed as Freight Farms represented at two events in Boston and Las Vegas, showcasing our innovations in ag-tech and provoking conversations on how to harness them for the greater good. Here’s how our team members were representing Freight Farms on opposite ends of the country:
We’ve begun seeing a major shift in teaching standards among k-12 schools, emphasizing the need for more hands-on experiential learning in the classroom. Teachers are responding by creating new, forward-thinking curriculum that focuses on tremendously important topics like a sustainability, climate change and food. Providing students with the opportunity to think creatively around solutions for real world problems will only better equip them for the future.
After putting the first freight farms in the hands of our customers, we did a whole lot of listening — we had a lot to learn from these pioneers of local food who were spearheading the urban agriculture movement. The insight gained has been used to improve the farming experience and allow for easier integration into a local food supply.
We spent countless hours testing and developing to make the newest model of the Leafy Green Machine sleeker, more energy efficient, and easier to use. Our goal is to allow anyone who wants to be a farmer to get their operation off the ground and get growing with a freight farm.
The growth of the industry has allowed us to focus on what we’re doing to grow more local, pesticide-free food and create a general acceptance of hydroponics as a viable growing technique. I’m happy to see that the mainstream has all but stopped crediting each new product as the inventor of hydroponic growing, accepting that it’s a long established technique to grow food and has now focused on how all of us are working toward solving larger problems around food and water. Even more, the customer base is eager to educate themselves on new ways of farming, which is opening up a new era for indoor ag that is sure to change the way we all interact with our food.
Back in 2010 when Freight Farms was just beginning to establish itself, “Ag Tech” hadn’t gained much traction as an industry...fast forward 5 years and it’s become a rapidly-growing industry that we’re thrilled to have pioneered. As team members prepare to head to the 3rd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference in Las Vegas, it’s sparked conversations about how significantly the space has developed. Years ago, our co-founders remember joking over coffee about how to classify what they were doing, so we’ve decided to share Brad’s experiences building the Ag Tech industry that we know today. Get ready, because this is just part one of a series of posts about our experiences in the Ag Tech space!