The holidays were a time of rest, rejuvenation, and planning for the future of Urban Fresh Farms.
Here are a few exciting updates:
1. We are looking at the new location at 1315 Calhoun Drive as our jumping off point in Columbia. Locals will recognize this place as being just a few blocks from the new Bull Street redevelopment project. Columbia is growing stronger every day. We are happy to be a part of this vibrant city.
2. The location is, in the other direction, a quick stroll from over 100 restaurants downtown and in the Vista. Watch for our fresh greens to be popping up in one of these spots in the coming months!
3. Just yesterday, delicious brunch at Bourbon on Main Street made us even more thankful as we enjoyed tasty food and drinks in the shadow of the Capitol.
Here's wishing you and yours a superb 2016.
Stop by and see us soon!
10. Consistency of Product: The way we grow will insure that the customer gets fresh, crisp healthy vegetables every time -- and no ugly vegetables!
9. Less food waste: Just-in-time harvesting means no product sits around getting old and in need of a new grocery store home.
8. Aesthetically pleasing images: Food grown hydroponically is beautiful.
7. Consistent supply to local restaurants: Fresh, crisp greens available year-round!
6. Healthy options for local folks: Urban Fresh Farms welcomes community members to its retail space. Crisp, fresh, healthy food options can bring in even the most reluctant eater.
5. Locally grown: Urban Fresh Farmers are your neighbors growing for you.
4. Less water use: An MIT study from 2015 claims that growing hydroponically "limits the threat of water waste via over- or poorly-timed irrigation (water loss due to evaporation), and therefore limits freshwater habitat abuses" ("Benefits," 1).
3. Local jobs: Your neighbors, friends, and family will be working here.
2. Carbon footprint reduced: Because Urban Fresh Farms is near the end user, trucks will not need to haul vegetables across the country. According to a July 2003 report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, food often travels some 1500 miles from where it is grown to where it is sold (see Figure 2, above).
1. Up to 2 weeks fresher: Urban Fresh Farms provides fresh vegetables to local restaurants within hours of harvest. Customers can even take home live lettuce and harvest it when they are ready to serve it!
Chip spent some time with Mike Switzer today, talking about the continued journey to bring fresh, crisp vegetables to the world. He explained how Urban Fresh Farms will bring these greens to local tables.
One choice of UFF is to open facilities that are a bit smaller, growing hydroponically, intensively, and vertically. In this way, more facilities will open. More fresh vegetables will be grown in a smaller space. More folks will have access to those fresh vegetables.
Chip also shared that many vegetables consumed locally are grown on the West Coast. Because of that, vegetables have been harvested days before local consumers can even buy them. Customers who visit an Urban Fresh Farms facility can harvest their own vegetables--or even take home live lettuce that can be harvested at home.
Check out the full interview at SC Business Review on SC Public Radio.
Access the map below at the USDA Blog.