Recirculating farms are a socially responsible farming method and business: they support the use of renewable energy, recycle water and waste, and provide local food, (and can do it without chemical pesticides). They also can create green jobs. This week, two articles highlight how these farms are not only increasingly supplying restaurants and grocery stores with food, but also are helping to feed the homeless, and others that don’t have access to fresh, healthy food around the world.
For those who may not be familiar with recirculating farms, check out our previous blog post on this and also read our fact sheets and reports. In a nutshell, recirculating farms are land-based farms that use clean, recycled water in place of soil to grow plants (hydroponics), fish (aquaculture) or plants and fish together (aquaponics) in a contained system. See how these farms work – check out our photo gallery and video of a farm in NY.
In an article on PRWeb, innovator Martin Wiggett, founder and president of Stealth Hydro, and his wife Julie, are using hydroponic technology to have a positive social impact and feed hungry people all over the world. They support organizations such as Hydro for Hunger and Growing Hope. The Hydro for Hunger program focuses on raising awareness about global food shortages. Growing Hope encourages communities to be self-sufficient.
As another example, Sahib Punjabi uses space behind a strip mall in Florida to grow food for his community. His aquaponic project feeds the homeless and local families nearby. Sahib uses his knowledge to help build other aquaponic facilities like his, all over the world.
These are just a few examples of how recirculating farms are changing the world. Many farmers who embrace this method of growing food are also focusing on using it to have a positive impact for people and our planet. I encourage you to learn more about recirculating farms to see how they can help you and your community – and join us in the good food revolution!