The Local Food Potential of Indoor Hydroponic Farming in Cities
May 20, 2015 | Robert Puro
The future of local food will not be restricted to produce grown in fields. Arable land grows scarcer and consequently more expensive by the year. Thus, many new farmers and entrepreneurs are opting to explore and pursue growing produce in controlled environments. Utilizing hydroponic technologies that typically require only 10% of the water necessary to grow similar crops outdoors, these indoor farmers can often produce more than 20 times the traditional field-crop yield in the same amount of space.
Indoor farms can also be placed anywhere – including in the middle of a city, in vacant warehouses and on land that is often much cheaper than arable land. That indoor farms can be placed in cities also enables them to provide more local food access to buyers – from restaurants and institutions to wholesalers and supermarkets.
To discuss the potential of indoor farming in cities Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, an innovative company that grows local, premium quality leafy greens inside high-tech greenhouses using hydroponics, will participate in a session at the upcoming GrowRIVERSIDE: Future of Local Food Conference entitled “The Local Food Potential of Indoor Farming in Cities.”
Pierre has become involved in the mission of accelerating the movement towards local and sustainable farming and fostering interest in youth to choose agriculture as an exciting career. Pierre was recently named a “Champion of Change” in the “Future of Agriculture” by President Obama. He was named as one of the “50 People to Watch in 2013″ by San Diego Magazine and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the San Diego Farm Bureau.
GrowRIVERSIDE is only 23 days away, so click on the image below to reserve your spot to hear Pierre discuss how he developed a successful hydroponic growing operation in the Southern California and the potential for indoor agriculture in cities:
Edward Avalos – Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA
Craig Miller – Deputy General Manager at Western Municipal Water District (WMWD)
Kevin Milligan – Deputy General Manager at Riverside Public Utilities (RPU)
Fortino Morales III – UC Riverside Community Garden Coordinator
Bob Knight – Founder of Inland Orange Conservancy and Old Grove Orange, Inc.
Cheryl Garner – Executive Director of Dining, Conference and Catering Services at University of California, Riverside
Gene Giacomelli – Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) at University of Arizona
Justin Scott-Coe – Public Affairs Director for Monte Vista Water District
Kathleen Reed – Sustainable Food Program Manager for Kaiser Permanente
Tracy Kahn – Curator of the UCR Citrus Variety Collection
Daniel Francis – Owner of Daniel Francis Design and Consulting
Mark Winne – Co-founder of the Connecticut Food Policy Council
Robert Egger – Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen
Dwight Detter – Local Forager for Whole Foods Market
Viviana Franco – Executive Director of From Lot To Spot
Robert Tse – State Broadband Coordinator for USDA CA Rural Development
… And more!
Register here: http://growriverside.eventbrite.com