Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Explore Vertical Farming in Shaping Smarter Cities Series

News Release — DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas — Mouser Electronics Inc., a leading global distributor of electronic components, along with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, today released the third video in the Shaping Smarter Cities series, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ program.

Indoor Farms of America Bridges the Gap with Traditional U.S. Agriculture in Landmark Farm Sales

Press release: LAS VEGAS — In what is a watershed transaction and a continuance of plans to integrate world-class indoor agriculture equipment into traditional farming, Indoor Farms of America announces that it has sold the first two “warehouse” style farms to Co-Alliance, LLP one of the largest, oldest and most respected major locally owned Farmer Cooperatives in the United States.

“With the sale of these farms, which will be up and running in the great state of Indiana in about 90 days from today, our company has achieved the first stage of the plans to have large scale indoor farming adopted by the very folks who have kept us fed in this country since its inception, and that is the traditional farmer,” stated David Martin, CEO of Indoor Farms of America.

“Co-Alliance has been investigating several companies and the equipment available for the indoor agriculture space for some time,” states Darren Radde, Business Development Manager at Co-Alliance.  “Our team understands quality equipment, and after reviewing numerous growing platforms, we believe the equipment developed and manufactured by Indoor Farms of America will provide our Farmer Members with a viable means of supplementing their income, allowing them to farm new crops all year long, and be within 30 minutes to 2 hours delivery time to any major market they can serve from their existing farm.”

John Graham, CFO of Co-Alliance, said: “When we visited with the team at Indoor Farms of America, they expressed to us that while their indoor growing equipment was designed to be superior in performance to anything else in the world, which makes them very ‘disruptive’ in that space, Ron and Dave have a real desire to see existing traditional farmers embrace the technology.”

Graham went on to say, “This means our farmers can take advantage of all our existing channels to market, our inherent ability to be close to those markets, which means our farmers can deliver fresh produce every day of the year from their farms.  When the fields are covered in snow, they can produce income for their families.  We like that.”

The first of the two farms will be owned and operated by a long-time family farming operation, who have an existing building as part of their farming operation in central Indiana, that will be converted to state-of-the-art indoor growing facility at pretty minimal expense.

Phil Brewer, VP of Marketing at Co-Alliance, sees new opportunities for member farmers to have a major impact on the “locally grown” food movement, never seen before.  “By bringing scale production of a variety of crops such as premium herbs, for example, to within a very short distance of the actual consumption of those products, we are able to deliver on two fronts. First, the consumer wins by having truly fresh, locally grown and high quality products available to them from local farmers they know and trust. Second, our farmers win, as they are now able to operate during the cold winter season when the fields are out of operation.  This creates meaningful additional income for themselves.”

After seeing a solid first year in sales of its game-changing vertical aeroponic farm equipment, Indoor Farms of America is on a path to more than quadruple first year sales in 2017, which is year two.

“The largest food-related companies in the world are working with us at this point. They have compared every aspect of every available indoor platform and come back to us. We designed, patented with multiple patents, and now build a fundamentally and economically sound indoor farming product that scales to as large as may be required, anywhere in the world. Nothing grows in quantities that are even close to our equipment, in terms of robust, healthy, clean and nutritious produce,” states Martin.

According to company President Ron Evans, “We have seen traditional farmers who purchased our equipment last year respond with praise for our equipment and how it performs.  This year we are seeing them buy larger farms.  When you get compliments from a farmer that operates 5,000 acres for a living, yet understands the real need and place for this in his own operation, the light bulb goes on for him and those around him.”

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To Grow Community and Jobs of the Future, Suburbanite Launches Vertical Farming Enterprise in Detroit

Inside the 7,000 square foot warehouse that houses urban vertical farming operation Artesian Farms. Using artificial light and seven 20 foot high vertical towers and racked trays, the farm produces around 75 pounds of lettuce and kale a week, and approximately 40 pounds of basil per week. Photo courtesy of Artesian Farms.

After spending time with street children in Brazil as part of a missionary trip, Jeff Adams, founder of Detroit, Michigan-based urban vertical farming enterprise Artesian Farms, felt compelled to change his community. “If we can go 7,000 miles to work with young people we won’t see again, what can we do in our own backyard?”

13 years ago Adams moved from the suburbs of Detroit to the urban neighborhood of Brightmoor—roughly four square miles on the outskirts of Detroit full of abandoned homes and derelict industrial buildings.

“My wife and I sold our house in the suburbs and moved to the Brightmoor neighborhood in the city of Detroit. What I noticed was in our community there was a lack of jobs for people who are 18 to 30 years old that had some limited skills and limited availability to transportation to get to a job,” says Adams. “I started looking for opportunities to employ people. I set up a business incubator and started looking around to see what we could do.” Read more

A 2-acre Farm in a Box: Kits Deliver Off-grid Farming Components in Shipping Containers

Netafim’s Typhoon thinwall dripline in the field. Courtesy Netafim.

Netafim’s Typhoon thinwall dripline in the field. Courtesy Netafim.

San Francisco-based Farm From a Box supplies all the components needed to create a two-acre off-grid farm,  packed in a shipping container that will then serve as a farm building. It recently announced a new partnership with Netafim, an Israel-based irrigation firm with offices in 120 countries, to supply the irrigation components. 

Farm From a Box is the brainchild of partners Scott Thompson and Brandi DiCarli. Their kits include renewable power systems, internet connectivity, basic farm tools, micro-drip irrigation systems and water pumps that can be adapted to fit either a ground well or municipal water supply. 
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Hawaii-based Vertical Farming Enterprise, MetroGrow, Seeks to Increase Island’s Local Food Production

Courtesy MetroGrow

Courtesy MetroGrow

Urban, vertical farming is alive and well at MetroGrow Hawaii in Kakaako, Honolulu.

MetroGrow began growing produce in 2013 when Kerry Kakazu, MetroGrow’s founder, acquired the farm’s urban facility, although Kakazu had wanted to grow fresh, sustainable food for quite a while.

“I had been interested in hydroponics as a hobby since my education was in plant physiology, and I was interested in technology,” Kakazu says. “But I didn’t think a vertical farm could be economically feasible because of the energy cost of lighting at the time. The events that triggered the start of the farm were the rising interest in local food production, the introduction of LEDs to lower the energy cost of lighting, and wanting to be involved with the local restaurant industry.” Read more

On the Plane Where Buffalo Roam, Vertical Growing Towers Rise to Propel Local Agriculture

American Pavilion at 2015 World’s Fair. Courtesy Amy Storey.

American Pavilion at 2015 World’s Fair. Courtesy Amy Storey.

By focusing on building a quality product, encouraging community and supporting their farmer customers, Laramie, Wyoming-based Bright Agrotech looks to have a bright and busy future ahead of it.

The company has continued to grow since Seedstock first profiled them here in 2012, something CEO and founder Dr. Nate Storey attributes to the broad appeal of the company’s mission.

“No matter if you’re like the uber liberal kind of person on the left side of things, or a super conservative person on the right side of things, everyone can get on board with the idea that local production is better,” says Storey. “Everyone can get on board with the idea that when we spend money in our communities, that money stays in our communities.” Read more

New Indiana Vertical Farm Would Offer Hands-on Education to College Students

An artist’s conceptual rendering shows what a new indoor vertical farm in South Bend, Indiana would like. If approved, it will be a collaborative educational effort between Green Sense Farms and Ivy Tech Community College. (image courtesy Robert Colangelo/Green Sense Farms)

An artist’s conceptual rendering shows how a new indoor vertical farm in South Bend, Indiana would look. If approved, it will be a collaborative educational effort between Green Sense Farms and Ivy Tech Community College. (image courtesy Robert Colangelo/Green Sense Farms)

Deep in the corn belt, South Bend, Indiana may become home to a new indoor farming facility that would not only produce food but also educate community college students about indoor agriculture.

The proposed 20,000-square foot vertical farming operation would be constructed and operated by Green Sense Farms, headquartered in northwest Indiana.

A panel discussion, during which the proposal was put forth for the indoor farm and farm-college partnership, took place in October at South Bend’s Ivy Tech Community College. If the college’s Board of Trustees grants approval, Green Sense Farms is set to spend $3 million to construct the facility on land leased from Ivy Tech. Read more

New Urban Farm Helps to Revitalize Detroit Neighborhood

postartesianThanks to a new urban agriculture enterprise, the future is brighter for Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood—an area on the west side of the city that has seen so much economic devastation that it was nicknamed “Blight More.”

Jeff Adams, a Brightmoor resident for the past 12 years, founded Artesian Farms, an indoor vertical farming operation that saw its first harvested crop in spring 2015. And there will be quite a bit of harvests to come, as they are scheduled to take place 17 times a year. Read more

Five Vertical Farms that Capture the Imagination and Profit

"Harvesters Alejandra Martinez (front), Steve Rodriguez, and Marquita Twidell cut basil at the FarmedHere facilities. Image courtesy of FarmedHere."

Harvesters Alejandra Martinez (front), Steve Rodriguez, and Marquita Twidell cut basil grown in an aquaponic system at FarmedHere, a vertical farming operation based in Bedford Park, Illinois. Image courtesy of FarmedHere.

Vertical farms: the idea captures our imagination. We envision their upward-twisting frames nestled between the steel and chrome skyscrapers of the big city. Each floor overflows with fruits and vegetables brought to life by hydroponic or aquaponic growing systems, bringing local food and a breath of fresh air to cities with a footprint smaller than any “horizontal” farm.

While setup and electrical costs remain expensive, a wave of vertical farmers around the world has been finding new ways to cut costs and streamline systems to make vertical farming a reality. They may not be ‘farmscrapers’, but these five vertical farms achieve production rates up to 100 times more efficient per square foot than traditional farming while bringing year-round local produce to their communities. Read more

Singapore Urban Farm Design Looks to Engage Active Seniors

Courtesy of SPARK Home Farm

Courtesy of SPARK Home Farm

by Christa Avampato

A new paradigm for senior living is rising in famously lavish Singapore—one in which baby boomers can age in a comfortable environment that aids their mental and physical wellbeing through growing their own food.

Imagine a senior living environment based on the hanging gardens of Babylon — a place rich with lush vegetation and beauty of mythic proportions, but in a way that doesn’t place any additional strain on a city’s budget. In fact, it could be crafted as a way to grow the local economy. Read more