America's First Vegan-Certified Vertical Farm Leaps Into the Future of Agriculture

America's First Vegan-Certified Vertical Farm Leaps Into the Future of Agriculture
  • Metropolis Farms is the world’s first solar-powered urban vertical farm which will be 100 percent energy-efficient.

  • Metropolis Farms grows over two million pounds of nutritious produce — without the need for harsh chemicals or animal products.

In this episode of “Sustain,” we learn how former venture capitalist, Jack Griffin,  helped build Philadelphia’s first vertical farm, Metropolis Farms.

“I became obsessed with the idea that we could feed ourselves within cities. It started out as a hobby, became an obsession…” says Griffin, president of Metropolis Farms, the first vegan-certified farm of America.

Metropolis Farms prides itself in growing over two million pounds of nutritious produce — without the need for harsh chemicals or animal products. On top of that, the farm uses far less space per square feet at a cost that is less than $2 billion to build.

The company has its own proprietary technology, which helps grow food more effectively and at a higher quality than conventional and organic farms can achieve. Through indoor vertical farming, the produce is not vulnerable to the weather, bugs, heavy metals, blight, and bacterial contaminations that are present in today’s outdoor agriculture.

At a recent TEDx talk event in Wilmington, N.C., Griffin explained “...the technology is accessible to anyone. It’s easy to use, cheap to build, and it’s profitable… For things to be sustainable, it has to be profitable!”

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Can Aquaponics Change the Food System?

Can Aquaponics Change the Food System?
  • Flourish Farms takes eco-friendly practices to the next level and uses about 11,000 gallons of water in total, which recirculates through a single pump over and over again.

  • GrowHaus, where Flourish Farms is housed, aims to provide healthy, affordable options to the neighborhood of Elyria-Swansea, a Colorado food desert.

In this episode of Sustain, we meet JD Sawyer, founder of Colorado Aquaponics, which houses an aquaponics farm known as Flourish Farms. “The food system is out of balance. We’ve got to figure out a way to have higher quality foods using less resources, period, or it’s not gonna work. It’s really gonna take a grassroots effort. Instead of fighting the model, we’re just gonna have to change it.” Says JD and he believes that Aquaponics can be the solution. 

Aquaponics is defined as an eco-friendly system that recirculates water from a fish tank through a vegetable grow bed. Nutrients from the fish waste feed the plants and the plants filter the water to keep the fish healthy. 

Raising fish, including one-and-a-half to two-pound striped bass, is a huge part of the equation for Flourish Farms from both a financial and nutritional standpoint. “It’s a cheaper source of nutrients or fertilizer, if you will, than typical hydroponic solutions.”

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Restaurant Brands Leading the Way with Sustainable Practices

Restaurant Brands Leading the Way with Sustainable Practices

We decided to sit down with operators from three restaurant brands paving the way with sustainable practices to see what advice they have for other restaurants wanting to adopt more of these types of programs.

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America's First Vegan-Certified Vertical Farm Leaps Into the Future of Agriculture

Video Produced by Vanessa C. Rodriguez

In this episode of “Sustain,” we will learn how a former venture capitalist helped build Philadelphia’s first vertical farm, Metropolis Farms.

“I became obsessed with the idea that we could feed ourselves within cities. It started out as a hobby, became an obsession…” says Jack Griffin, president of Metropolis Farms, the first vegan-certified farm of America.

Metropolis Farms prides itself in growing over two million pounds of nutritious produce — without the need for harsh chemicals or animal products. On top of that, the farm uses far less space per square feet at a cost that is less than $2 billion to build.

The company has its own proprietary technology, which helps grow food more effectively and at a higher quality than conventional and organic farms can achieve. Through indoor vertical farming, the produce is not vulnerable to the weather, bugs, heavy metals, blight, and bacterial contaminations that are present in today’s outdoor agriculture.

At a recent TEDx talk event in Wilmington, N.C., Griffin explained “...the technology is accessible to anyone. It’s easy to use, cheap to build, and it’s profitable… For things to be sustainable, it has to be profitable!”

Metropolis Farms has been working closely with the city government of Philadelphia to help revitalize its economy through the creation of jobs and to achieve the shared vision of ending hunger.

“Let’s be honest! Some people don’t want hunger to end… They don’t, because they have a vested interest in the current system… The best way to win that struggle is to make sure that everyone has the technology,” Griffin added.

Metropolis Farms is currently building the world’s first solar-powered vertical farm which will be 100 percent energy-efficient and a step towards reducing its carbon footprint. A rainwater recapturing system is also built in, something many around the world have been looking into, but it  hadn’t been done. This farm is expected to be already growing crops by late fall 2016.

If everything goes according to plan and the initiative continues to get the support it has been fortunate to receive, Philadelphia is set to become the first vertical farm city in the world.

Foodable Network Publishes New Episodes of BUILT and Sustain on ITunes

Foodabletv.com isn’t the only place you can find the latest episodes of the shows, BUILT and Sustain, they are also now available on ITunes, along with other Foodable WebTV Network shows.

"We are working hard to develop a new genre of content for food, restaurant and hospitality professionals and enthusiasts here at Foodable,” said Paul Barron, CEO and executive producer at Foodable WebTV Network. “On-demand will continue to be in our distribution strategy, with it and social proving to be a perfect match for our content. Add this to our proprietary audience acquisition model and the fact that data costs have lowered for high-quality video streaming, on-demand is the future, and Foodable is leading the way.”

It’s this day and age, there are so many different outlets to view content. The network is making sure its audience is able to view their favorite Foodable shows on-the-go and on multiple different outlets, currently including ITunes, Facebook, Twitter. 

This is just the beginning also, Foodable will be releasing its documentary Fast Casual Nation on Netflix and Amazon later this year. These may not be the only other places to see Foodable’s in-depth series either. The publication and production company is always on the look-out for the latest streaming platform. 

Although both BUILT and Sustain are both part of a new genre by Foodable WebTV Network, “docutainment” series that are educational, yet entertaining, their subject matter is quite different. 

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