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Grow Food Here: San Antonio, Texas | Local Sprout

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Grow Food Here: San Antonio, Texas | Local Sprout

Mitch Hagney is helping propel the local food movement in San Antonio, Texas by cultivating food right in the heart of the city. His farming business, Local Sprout, supplies residents and restaurants with a variety of sustainably grown produce year-round.

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Labor Requirements for the LGM

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Labor Requirements for the LGM

Farming can be a labor intensive endeavor, requiring many hours of man power and hard work, but what was once considered a staple to successful farming is now being seen as a time suck. The weeding, pest control, soil preparation, and the distribution of nutrients has either disappeared entirely from the LGM or has become fully automated. By stripping-away the nuances of traditional farming, we’ve created a system that requires only the core essentials: seeding, transplanting and harvesting. What some might consider a part-time job, 20-25 labor hours a week, is now the amount of time it takes to run a revenue generating farm.

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Inside the Industry: Comparing Different Indoor Farming Methods

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Inside the Industry: Comparing Different Indoor Farming Methods

There is no denying that food is a hot topic. Everyone is talking about food, from hip urbanites taking pictures of strange, delicious restaurant offerings to public health officials advocating for more fruits and vegetables in our diets. Ongoing changes to our world such as increasingly extreme weather and population growth  have led many people, particularly in urban communities, to take a long, hard look at food production and distribution.

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Grow Food Here

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Grow Food Here

Meet the pioneers changing the way we think about our food. They are reshaping the landscape in their local communities, and advocating for positive change in our food system by choosing to grow.

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An Intro to Hydroponics: 9 Benefits of Growing Without Soil

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An Intro to Hydroponics: 9 Benefits of Growing Without Soil

Let’s start with the basics: Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Instead, a nutrient rich water solution is used to feed the plants, and there are many ways that this nutrient solution can be supplied to the plant roots. Here’s the breakdown of the most common hydroponic systems, and a look into some of the techniques used at Freight Farms.

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Local, organic, hyper-local: what do these food labels really mean?

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Local, organic, hyper-local: what do these food labels really mean?

Here at Freight Farms we’re huge supporters of organic produce, and we’re also huge supporters of local produce. But we’re even bigger supporters and advocates of “hyper-local” produce. There are many different understandings (and even misunderstandings) of all three labels, which is why we feel it’s really important to share what we’ve learned about all three and what they mean. Our goal is to establish a common interpretation of all three terms in the realm of farming produce.

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5 tasty ways to eat your greens.

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5 tasty ways to eat your greens.

We’ve all been there - stuck in a gastronomic rut of some sort. Maybe you joined a CSA and have what seems like an unreasonable amount of cabbage and beets in your share...for the third week in a row. Or maybe you’ve just surfaced from the depths of culinary habit to realize you’ve only been eating three dinners on rotation for the past month. When I find myself in a creativity hole of any kind, I like to back up to basic methods of cooking.

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Data from our growers: how the LGM stacks up

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Data from our growers: how the LGM stacks up

With this large network of farmers growing in the LGM we’ve been able to collect a lot of data. Everything from grow times and crop yields to business expenses and produce pricing. With that, we’re now able to move away from projections and provide real-life examples of what the farm can do.

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