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Indoor Farming Venture Seeks to Seed Communities with Aeroponic Farms, Jobs and Food Access

August 9, 2016 |
Green Collar Foods’ Chairman and Co-­founder, Ron Reynolds shows off aeroponically grown greens at one of the company's GCF Hubs inside Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Green Collar Foods’ Chairman and Co-­founder, Ron Reynolds shows off aeroponically grown greens at one of the company’s GCF Hubs inside Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Fresh, locally grown food is neither ubiquitous nor available in many inner city neighborhoods across the country. Dormant real estate from vacant lots to hollowed out factory buildings in these neighborhoods, however, are not in short supply. It is out of this dichotomy that Green Collar Foods (GCF) was founded with a goal of helping community partners retrofit old buildings with low cost indoor aeroponic farms to increase food access and job opportunities to those in need across the United States and U.K.

The company founders, whose backgrounds range from automotive manufacturing and farming to finance, designed their indoor aeroponic farms, or “GCF Hubs”, with the goal of making them inexpensive and easy for a select group of local residents and entrepreneurs to build and run. The company generates revenue through collecting a franchise fee from these resident owners, as well as licensing fee for the GCF’s farm management technology. The local resident owners in turn accrue revenue from operating their GCF Hubs and reaping profit from the produce that they grow.

Green Collar Foods believes that it has created a business model to help insure the success of each local inner city GCF Hub owner.   Read More

An Indoor Farm and Urban Ag Center in the Middle of a Food Desert – Q&A with Duron Chavis

July 28, 2016 |
Aeroponic towers and hydroponic growing systems being used at Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center. (Photo courtesy of Duron Chavis)

Aeroponic towers and hydroponic growing systems being used at Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center. (Photo courtesy of Duron Chavis)

In the economically depressed and food insecure City of Petersburg, VA, a former YMCA building long neglected, but not forgotten, has become a beacon of growing hope in the community. Over the past two years the building has been refurbished and transformed into a high tech indoor farm and urban agriculture research center to provide workforce development training and increase food access through the production and distribution of high quality, fresh produce to area residents.

The center known as Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center is run by Duron Chavis, a community advocate and Indoor Farm Director at Virginia State University – College of Agriculture. Seedstock recently spoke to Chavis to learn more about the origin of Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center and its indoor farm, its goal, the sustainable methods employed in the indoor farm’s operation, and more.    Read More

SoCal University’s Aeroponic Garden Challenges Food System Status Quo

June 28, 2016 |

A prominent university in Southern California is utilizing aeroponics to challenge the food systems status quo on campus. The University of Southern California (USC) Teaching Garden was established this spring to supply fresh produce to the university’s on-campus restaurants, dining halls, catering … Read More

Indoor Agriculture Firm Opening Doors to the Public through SEC Filing

March 25, 2014 |

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Mitch Hagney is Chief Executive Officer of LocalSprout, a hydroponic farm based in San Antonio, Texas. 

Houston-based Indoor Harvesting Corporation has begun the process of becoming a publicly traded company by filing a registration statement for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Their decision to go public may represent a larger shift for the industry from small controlled environment farms to larger urban agriculture conglomerates.

Known more for its oil refining and industrial car culture, Houston may seem a strange place to launch a green revolution. Yet it is here that Indoor Harvesting is engineering urban farming equipment to make controlled environment agriculture accessible to anyone. They specialize in aeroponics, which is a technique that delivers nutrient-rich water vapor to the roots of the plants. Their goal is to make systems that anyone can use without much technical knowledge by making all the components fully compatible.

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Urban Farming Startup Sees Opportunity in Aeroponic Tower to Increase Local Food Production in New Orleans

December 16, 2013 |
Image Credit: VertiFarms

Image Credit: VertiFarms

Fresh produce in New Orleans usually arrives from places like California or Florida. One company wants to change that.

Vertifarms began providing aeroponic farms for New Orleans food businesses in 2011, when company co-founders Doug Jacobs and Kevin Morgan-Rothschild began partnering with Florida-based FutureGrowing to bring aeroponic tower systems to restaurants, markets, grocery stores, and non-profit organizations that want to grow their own local crops.

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