Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development Takes Steps to Help Move Forward Governor’s ‘Grown in Nevada’ Program
(Las Vegas) — The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Seedstock, a social venture dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable agriculture, have announced they will co-host the first Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference on April 24 in Las Vegas. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Desert Research Institute are also key participants in the event.
The conference, designed to offer practical advice to those interested in growing food indoors on a commercial scale, will address various aspects of this increasingly popular farming choice as it relates to Nevada’s desert environment.
A Head of Lettuce from 1,000 Miles Away, or a Sack of Greens from the Vertical Urban Farm Across Town?January 2, 2013 | Melonie Magruder
In a perfect world of competitive business, twenty-first century startups have some high hurdles to overcome: the ideal is to offer a product that is beneficial for the consumer, leaves a negligible carbon footprint, has a sustainable operating model and contributes socially and economically to the community at large.
FarmedHere might be the poster boy for such a business.
The two-year-old startup grows salad greens, herbs and fish in a multi-stack, vertical agriculture setup, using aquaponic and aeroponic cultivation methods in an abandoned industrial warehouse about seven miles from downtown Chicago.
Imagine sitting in a café enjoying conversation and waiting for you order, while watching the restaurant’s employees pick fresh food for your meals. This is the very idea that jump-started the company Indoor Harvest, Inc., of Houston, Texas, a company that develops aeroponic growing systems. Originally started as a retail business venture that would create soups, sandwiches and salads geared toward vegetarians and foodies, it soon switched gears and began designing the very growing systems that would provide the fresh food in such a cafe.
“Once we started conducting due diligence on the business, we realized there was a greater opportunity to build and design the actual systems that would be used,” explains Chad Sykes, CEO of Indoor Harvest, Inc. “We really couldn’t find a commercial system that was going to suit our needs available in the market. When we realized we would have to design a system from scratch, we figured other people entering similar markets would also have this problem.”
Aquaponics Skeptic Turned Believer Hopes to Bring Growing Method to Homes and Urban Areas Across AmericaAugust 1, 2012 | Melinda Clark
In an emerging field like aquaponics, there are few who can call themselves experts. Sylvia Bernstein is one who can. In addition to authoring Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together, which has been in Amazon’s top ten gardening books since it came out in October, she is the founder and current vice chairman of the Aquaponics Association and the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source. The Aquaponic Source is a resource for everything aquaponics, from systems and supplies to information, tips, fish and an online community.
Flat Rock, Ala (population: 4,000) recently became home to an innovative hydroponic-based farm that plans to spread their method of growing sustainable, local produce across the state, and possibly further.
Flat Rock Growing Company (FRGC) is the product of collaboration between former social worker Tommy Wood and Blake Peek. “Most people think having a psychology degree doesn’t really make sense for a farmer,” says Wood. “But after spending five years as a social worker I was able to see things from a community standpoint. I was able to see how things fit together and when the idea of a farm came up, I knew this was my chance to write some wrongs.”