<![CDATA[Food Farm 365 - Urban Farm Magazine]]>Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:42:33 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Urban farming 101]]>Mon, 27 Aug 2012 02:58:49 GMThttp://foodfarm365.weebly.com/urban-farm-magazine/urban-farming-101 Urban Farms and Urban agriculture in general is a great way for communities who do not have access to fruits and vegetables to get the nutrition and vitamins they deserve. Indoor Framing is achievable since many veggies can be grown indoors to begin with. Urban Farming is becoming more popular in recent years because local communities choose self-sufficiency and refuse to allow outside forces to control what they eat and what they can have access to. Urban Farms can be outdoors or can come in the form of Indoor Farming. Low-income neighborhoods have some of the highest rates of health problems in the country because they do not have access to healthy foods in their areas.

Urban and Indoor Farming is a great way to lower health risks in low-income neighborhoods. Urban Farms is also a good way to bring communities together and it is a good school project or after school program for kids. Instilling the values of becoming independent and growing their own food is something that kids take with them for the rest of their lives. Families can also adopt indoor farming as a fun activity to bring everyone together. Urban Farming is not only a way of gaining access to fruits and veggies, but the process of growing raw foods can lift dependency from having to buy fruits and veggies from local supermarkets which are usually genetically modified and useless when it comes to getting vital nutrients.

For those who get hungry often, switching to a plant based diet will introduce the body to natural foods. The body will begin to crave those plant-based foods because of the important nutrients that are missing from processed foods. In a way, residents are better off growing their own food since many plant-based foods from supermarkets have little potency with little to no flavor. People will be shocked when tasting a real fruit or vegetable from the ground because it will taste so much better than what the supermarkets offer. Fruits and veggies from Big Agriculture do not have the same vitamins and nutrients compared to organic veggies.

This is because the fruits and veggies grown on corporate farms are GMO, grown in bad soil and laced with harmful pesticides. Urban Farming should not only provide healthy foods to local communities, but should be one step ahead of Big Agriculture by using natural methods to grow food. Growing organic vegetables will give people essential nutrients and the food itself will taste fresher like fruits and veggies should. Organic farming is not difficult and all it takes is time, patience and dedication. Learning how to grow organic vegetables all begins with knowing what kinds of fruits and veggies that people like to eat and desiring to learn how to grow them. Energy efficient farming, organic pesticides and indoor farming will leave no Food carbon footprint. The environment should always be a key factor when growing organically. Urban Farming and Permaculture should go hand in hand, and it is a way of ensuring production of healthy plants while preserving the ecosystem.            

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<![CDATA[Yes, we are eco-friendly]]>Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:20:20 GMThttp://foodfarm365.weebly.com/urban-farm-magazine/yes-we-are-eco-friendlyPicture
Growing food indoors, reducing the carbon footprint of food, and having access to organic, sustainable food year round is definitely Eco-friendly.

That's why Food Pods, vertical farming, urban farming, and urban farms are becoming more and more popular. Communities are seeking creative ways to solve food security concerns and ensure a ready supply of food, that is not just contingent on large food chain supermarkets.

Becoming an urban farmer, allows you to take charge of your food supply. It allows you personal power when it comes to food, and yes, we are Eco-friendly!

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<![CDATA[Why Farm indoors anyway?]]>Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:42:04 GMThttp://foodfarm365.weebly.com/urban-farm-magazine/why-farm-indoors-anyway
Why should anyone think of farming indoors? Doesn't it just seem contrary to everything we are used to doing?

Well, apart from the fact that gas prices are not getting any cheaper, that food security is an issue, that buying local makes sense economically, that fresher food tastes better, there are the facts.. .. and not to get too technical on you but here is a mini comparison of indoor farming using food pods versus conventional farming practices.

Yield Comparison - Field Acre vs. 1/8th acre Food Pods 
Lettuce


Example:

An 1/8th acre Food Pod yields 43-54x more lettuce than one acre of traditional field agriculture in the California central valley and uses 98% less water. That alone is an astounding argument for a Food Pod, because God knows how much water California really has!

A Pod acre has up to a 434% increase in yield in comparison to a field acre. (8x) Field Acre: 30,000 to 46,000 heads of lettuce/yr. 

**1/8th Acre Food Pod: 1,300,000 - 2,500,000 heads of lettuce/yr.
**1 Acre of Food Pods yields 10,400,000 - 20,000,000 heads of lettuce   per year.

I'm not great at numbers, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see do the math. Indoor farming, vertical farming, vertical agriculture and Food Pods are here to stay.

**(Note: Low/High Yield Assumptions)
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