Many people all over the world are beginning to adopt new ways to grow healthy, fresh food – recirculating farms. These farms are eco-friendy: they can rely on renewable energy, like solar or wind power, reuse up to 99% of water used (check out our fact sheet on water usage), and repurpose the minimal waste generated. Additionally, recirculating farms offer locally grown foods, and can be an affordable way for people to start their own socially conscious business.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had more recirculating farms so communities everywhere could have accessible sources of sustainable local, fresh food?
So how do you help support recirculating farming?
Here are a list of some things you can do to help grow the recirculating farms community!
1) Tell everyone about recirculating farms! Maybe someone you know will start a farm that feeds their family and community. Talk to your children and their teachers. This would make for a great school project and the food can be served in their cafeteria.
2) Go to your local farmers market! Often times recirculating farmers sell their products directly to you at farmers market gatherings. Talk to the people there; ask them about how they grow food. You can help support recirculating farms by seeking out and purchasing their fresh herbs, vegetables, fruits, fish and more.
3) Look for recirculating farm products at your local grocer! When you go to the grocery store, find out where the fruits, vegetables and fish came from. Many have a sticker or sign showing country or state of origin. Likely, you’ll find that much of the food is from overseas. So speak with the store manager, and ask if they can get food from a nearby recirculating farm (soon, we’ll have a map of recirculating farms around the U.S. and you’ll be able to provide information to your grocer). Also, speak with your neighbors; encourage them to look for food from a local recirculating farmer. The recirculating farms’ community is growing, and farms can be found all over the U.S. (and world).
4) Go to your favorite restaurant! Does your favorite restaurant buy food locally? Why not ask if those blueberries, green peppers, tomatoes, or herbs, etc. came from a recirculating farm? Tell the kitchen managers about recirculating farms. If buying from these farms will help their business and their community, there is a good chance they’ll be on board with sourcing their food from a nearby recirculating farm.
5) Try it yourself! There is an active and growing home gardening movement – and many people are building their own recirculating farms. Because they can be many shapes, sizes and constructed using various materials, building a recirculating home farm can be fun, inexpensive and simple.
6) Get active! Bookmark the Recirculating Farms Coalition blog and keep in the know of what’s happening in the world of recirculating farms. Get on facebook, “like” our page and follow us on Twitter! And last, but certainly not least, tell the President that we need green jobs and healthy affordable food!
So now that you have the knowledge, you have the power to make a difference in where the food you eat comes from! Join us!