Controlled environment agriculture #ZipFarm and other innovative farming solutions and models that allows the land-scarce island city to be able to grow food anytime, anywhere enabling Singapore towards food resilience and self sustainability.
Proud time to be a farmer-entrepreneur in Singapore. Honored to show guest-of-honor Senior Minister of State @kohpohkoon how #Upgrown farmers #growfood
Did you catch our #behindthescenes video of our recent basil blowout? Head over to our Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch the full video. A little context: we recently harvested about 90lbs of basil from the Bright Agrotech #ZipFarm - a vertical plane #indoorfarming system enabling local farmers around the world to grow #betterfood for their local markets. We have a test farm run by our team of #verticalfarming engineers constantly inventing new tech and innovating on existing methods all to make things easier or more profitable for our network of #modernfarmers.
Our goal for this recent test was to track the amount of time for processing and packaging cut herbs like basil. This information will help our farmers plan labor costs and number of employees for their farm as well as provide our product development team with data for some very exciting upcoming projects.
After our team got their own bags of basil, we brought the remaining produce to our local soup kitchen, a few Laramie restaurants, and the natural grocer.
The next round of basil will test a hybrid of Genovese which is resistant to fusarium wilt and germinates faster (stay tuned for the update). Learn more about the ZipFarm ZipFarm.co
Vertical farming, like most new industries, is extremely noisy. To add to the confusion, most of today's vertical farmers are new to agriculture in general and may not have a reference point when making decisions.
Need a mantra for the week?
FOCUS ON TRYING TO DO ONE THING WELL.
A common pitfall of many vertical farmers (or any #entrepreneur) is attempting to do too many things at once.
New farmers must understand they have only one goal: Sell good food.
Everything else comes second.
Farmers who waste time on unproven systems or tinkering with their own tech instead of acquiring customers will ultimately end up out of business due to losing sight of their core objective: Selling food.
What's your favorite thing about being a #localfarmer? For Ryan Sweeney of @localizefarm it's seeing the reactions of his customers when they taste the difference in flavor and freshness of food grown just a few miles from the market.
For Localize, being able to grow #betterfood close to market despite the harsh Minnesota winters is a serious competitive advantage.
So what do Eric and Diane have in common? Other than a marriage license, Eric and Diane share a determination to do something bigger with their #goals. That determination gained momentum almost as soon as the couple married.
Happy #UpstartFarmerFriday to all those modern farmers out there leveraging appropriate technology to grow #betterfood for their local communities!
We're so grateful to be partnered with such innovative #farmers around the world and wish you all a happy holiday season!
Thanks for being part of our community of #modernfarmers.
Nick Marasco runs Triple Threat Farm in Aurora, Illinois. The farm is part of a larger organization (@3tmentoring) which works to connect communities to a cause. In this case, the cause is under-resourced youth.
Since starting about a year ago, the Triple Threat Farm has burst with thriving crops and creating dozens of opportunities for local youth. Of course, every farm start up has a learning curve!
Get all of Nick's insights at blog.brightagrotech.com