Future Fresh launched in the summer of 2022 by me! Zack Wilson! I set out to achieve the goal of building an innovative and sustainable farm that supplies consistently fresh ingredients year round to my community. We supply the top restaurants in the area with fresh herbs, greens and custom microgreens mixes.
The original inspiration came from an article I read title, "How are we going to feed 10 billion people?" The article talked about how we need to bring the food closer to the people in order to reduce our reliance on our vulnerable, unstable supply chain. We all experienced this during Covid.
Hydroponics farming offers several benefits to the environment. Here are some of the main ways hydroponics farming can benefit the environment:
Reduced water usage: Future Fresh uses up to 90% less water than traditional soil-based farming methods. This is because the water used in hydroponics is recycled and reused within the system, reducing water waste and conserving water resources.
Reduced land usage: We do out farming vertically in a smaller spaces than traditional farming, which reduces the need for large plots of land. This can help to preserve natural habitats and reduce deforestation.
Reduced pesticide use: Since hydroponics farming is done in a controlled environment, there is less need for pesticides and herbicides. This reduces the risk of chemical runoff into nearby waterways, which can be harmful to aquatic ecosystems.
Reduced transportation emissions: Our hydroponics farm is located in Sterling, Virginia which reduces the need for long-distance transportation of produce. This can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.
Reduced soil erosion: Traditional farming practices can lead to soil erosion, which can have long-lasting effects on the environment. Hydroponics farming does not use soil, which reduces the risk of soil erosion and helps to preserve soil quality.
Overall, hydroponics farming can help to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture by conserving water resources, reducing land usage, minimizing the use of pesticides and herbicides, and reducing transportation emissions.