Meet Nevada's Clean Energy Community - Indoor Farms of America
Project Ally and CEP Green Business Guide member, Indoor Farms of America, has brought sustainable farming to the Mojave Desert. In fact, it was the desert conditions that made Las Vegas the ideal place to launch a sustainable agriculture project. With their revolutionary vertical aeroponic system, Indoor Farms founders Dave Martin and Ron Evans have been able to grow 40 plants per square foot of space utilizing optimum energy efficiency and water conservation methods. Because nearly all of Las Vegas' food must be imported, food transport contributes heavily to carbon emmissions. Growing locally dramatically reduces the overall carbon footprint of food production and could reduce cost to consumers.
"With the human population growing and arable land and fresh water becoming more scarce, we knew there had to be a better way to raise fresh produce sustainably while meeting people's needs and remaining economically viable for farmers," said Indoor Farms CEO Dave Martin.
The Indoor Farms aeroponic system uses energy-efficient LED grow lights and is able to produce year-round due to the climate controlled growing envrionment. Water is controlled electronically and collected at the bottom of the vertical growing modules to be recycled and recharged with nutrients in order to maximize conservation. This method uses 95% less water than traditional farming!
Importing food imposes a carbon cost; farming locally imposes a water cost, especially in our drought-ridden state. Indoor Farms has managed to negate both of these, making production agriculture a reality in Southern Nevada.
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