Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Groundingbreaking Indoor Growing Technology (Vertical Aeroponics) Is Changing How Food Is Economically Grown In Indian Country

 Native Indoor Farms—Tribes for Food Sovereignty, Health, & Economic Dev

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Native Indoor Farms
Contact: Eugene Wilkie info@7generations.us
Feb 28, 2017

Seattle WA, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Native IndoorFarms, a joint venture between Indoor Farms of America LLC (“IFOA”), and 7 Generations LLC (“7G”). IFOA is the leading AgTech R&D company, with multiple patents on its highly scalable indoor farm equipment, and 7G leverages its extensive network within the Native American community.

Native Indoor Farms embraces a commitment to Native American food security and sovereignty. All decisions are carefully considered—the past, present and future with respect to our ancestors, ourselves, and those to come. Each generation is responsible to teach, learn, and protect the three generations that have come before us, our own, and the next three generations.

The global vertical indoor farming market is the fastest growing segment in agriculture. The projected annual growth rate is 27 percent. Estimated revenue by 2022 is $6.81 billion, and more than $8 billion by 2025. A mega trend and the fastest growing segment in the food industry has been “locally produced” fresh produce. “Local food” demand grew from $1 billion in 2005, to $7 billion in 2014.

Native Indoor Farms provide access to sustainable, year-round, smart indoor vertical farm systems that grow affordable nutrient-rich produce, for local and adjacent off-reservation markets. Ten times the volume of food is reliably produced in any geographic region and climate; without pesticides; with a renewable energy option; using 1/20th the amount of water as traditional farming. Fresh produce is sustainably grown locally allowing same-day as harvested delivery, creating local, reliable, year-round jobs. Aeroponic systems use 70% less water than hydroponics, which uses 70-90% less water than traditional land-based farming. Indoor farming without pesticides and zero waste consistently produces 20 to 25-day average grow-cycles, year-round vegetables and fruit. Imagine 12 to 15 grow-cycles per year, with little to no waste. More produce goes to market consuming fewer resources. 

A system was delivered to the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Nation," said Ron Evans a partner in Native Indoor Farms. Evans noted, "We had the folks from the PB Nation visit our Las Vegas facility for training, and it was a great day. We learned about their plans to use the vertical aeroponic equipment for education within their community, and for interaction experiences between tribal elders and Native youth, who are the future." 

Smart indoor vertical farm systems allow our customers to set up “locally” anywhere in the world. Containerized farms can be nestled on the top of a casino parking garage to serve local restaurants and grocers in the community, or farms can be constructed in an underutilized building, or an urban building to serve the fresh local produce needs of a large population. Indoor farm systems can be contained within mobile units. Victory Indoor Gardens™ can serve residential needs. 

The indoor vertical farming business model is scalable and replicable in every marketplace. An indoor farm that is self-contained within 320 sq. ft. of floor space (8’ x 40’ with 21 grow panels) produces vegetables and fruit equivalent to four-acres of land having a 544 times larger footprint, and it would employ one-person (30-hour week).

A 12,500 sq. ft. warehouse space will incorporate 1,000 vertical grow panels that can produce the equivalent of 156 acres of farmland, and will employ 25 people—indoors.

Incorporating Agrilyst, an award-winning automated remote management system, into each farm provides operators with powerful tools to achieve consistent successful yields and harvests, while controlling costs. We believe our farm operators will greatly appreciate built-in best practices," said Eugene Wilkie a partner in Native Indoor Farms.

Each week the company hosts business owners, growers, and farm managers from around the U.S. and the world who want to see for themselves the equipment that can grow more crops in any given space that any other brand or type of equipment in the world.

Native Indoor Farms will be exhibiting and providing private offsite tours of a working indoor vertical farm at Res 2017 (http://res.ncaied.org/), in Las Vegas, March 14-16, 2017.

For more information, visit the company website at NativeIndoorFarms.com

About Native Indoor Farms

Native Indoor Farms’ mission is to form partnerships with Native American tribes to reduce diabetes 2, improve tribal members’ overall health and wellbeing through access to fresh, nutritious, affordable, local produce, educate Native youth and adults to improve healthy eating habits, and create sustainable year-round jobs. We accomplish this by providing the best in the world smart indoor vertical farm systems that enable tribes to grow year-round produce 24-hours a day, with no pesticides, using 90% less water, producing 10-times more crop yields per square foot of land than traditional farming. These low-risk indoor farm systems are owned by Native enterprises, supported remotely with Native Indoor Farms grow experts. Farms with a light footprint can be located anywhere in any climate. They deliver local produce with a local workforce from the reservation, which addresses key reservation issues of chronic unemployment, poor access to affordable fresh produce, and health issues of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.