The mission of Growing Up Farms is to develop and encourage indoor food production in smaller, sustainable spaces, closer to where our food is being consumed. Allowing people of all backgrounds to assert control over their own food sources.
Engaging with kids is vital to our vision of changing the way people think about the food they buy and consume. Drastically increased levels of obesity and type-2 diabetes is a clear signal that we need to rethink the way we are teaching our youth about food. Through in-school programs as well as programs at our facilities we will offer a first-hand experience to kids and adults on how to make better food choices
We will create mobile and portable versions of our growing systems so we can take them out into the public and teach people about the importance and benefits of producing food locally. Through farmer's markets, fairs and other public events that revolve around food we will be able to engage the public and display the viability of growing food in urban conditions
Growing Up Farms will also include training programs within our facilities to offer experience, knowledge and guidance in the creation of other urban farmers in our communities. Working with individuals or groups who display an interest in starting their own facilities, we will offer a comprehensive training program. We will offer practical advice on fundraising, food production, markets and all of the other aspects needed to bring these facilities into other communities. This will offer a chance for people to control a portion of their own food production and consumption
We are currently developing an indoor growing facility that will be located in an industrial warehouse in San Francisco. Using the latest techniques in aquaponics, hydroponics and vertical farming, we will prove the viability of growing food indoors under urban conditions. This facility will act both as a research facility for perfecting these methods as well as a training ground for those looking to create their own facilities in their own neighborhoods
We will also be developing mobile and portable growing units that we can take out into the public for education and outreach events. These units can be taken to schools and attend other food events in order to spread the word about the efficacy and importance of growing our food locally and making better food choices
We will promote the growth and stability of urban agriculture by developing indoor growing facilities in urban conditions. We will then use our model facilities to teach, train and encourage others to build facilities in their own neighborhoods. A vital part of our plan is to go out into the community, through school programs as well as on-site programs. We will use these programs to educate kids and adults about nutrition, farming and sustainable food production
Food is a central theme in every culture, community and family. While it impacts us on a global level, and is certainly the source of much political discourse, there are simple issues that Growing Up Farms will address at a local level. "The problem": Our current food system has become so removed from the people who are consuming it that most people do not know where their food comes from or who is growing it. We believe that land conservation is critical and that our behavior now directly affects future generations. Our current food production systems use a great amount of resources and are the cause of significant pollution to an already over-taxed environment. Growing Up Farms sees a solution that is easy to implement, sustainable, cost-effective, and community-focused. By establishing urban food production facilities that are community-centric, we can create positive change in how people grow and relate to their food
Growing Up Farms is looking to change the way we think about urban agriculture and sustainable living. By making a small donation you can help us require the resources need to see our goal through.
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