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This is one of the profiles in an ongoing series covering next generation
agriculture. We are seeing an increased trend for indoor farming across the United
States and around the world. This is a positive trend given that local farming reduces
adverse CO2 emissions from moving food long distances. If you would like us to review
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Company Profile: Joe's Micro Greens
Here's a company specializing in composting and microgreens with a goal to minimize waste.
Here is some of the “About Us” content: Joe Diffie started his commercial compost hauling career as a Co-Director at Ecology Action. In 2011 he administered the City of Austin's first compost hauling pilot program. He eventually formed Joe's Organics in 2012, with the mission of diverting organic urban waste from landfills and turning it into a valuable resource. Today, Joe's Organics collects over three tons of waste each week from 30 restaurants and sustainable businesses in the Austin area. Over the last several years, over 200 tons of food waste have been diverted from landfills!
In February 2015, Joe’s Organics received a Young Farmer’s Grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture to expand the composting business into agriculture. The fields and greenhouse are fertilized by green businesses who are taking the next step to zero-waste, our local "Compost Partners." Compost is used as the fertility base to grow clean, chemical-free microgreens and produce for sale to chefs, distributors, and at Texas Farmers Markets and the Downtown SFC Market. The team at Joe's Organics is passionate about sustainable agriculture and empowering young people to get involved with growing food!
Here is the link to learn more: http://www.joesmicrogreens.com/what-s-growing.html
To date, the cost of man made lighting has been a barrier for indoor agriculture. A new
generation of LED lighting provides cost effective opportunities for farmers to deliver
local produce. Warehouses and greenhouses are both viable structures for next
generation agriculture. Here is one example of next generation made in USA LED grow light technology to help farmers: Commercial LED Grow Lights
For more information about Indoor Farming and the American Association of Urban Farmers, see: www.igrow.news