US (LA): Shreveport's Urban Farm, SWEPCO uses new tech for year-round growth

Southwestern Electric Power Company announced this week that they have collaborated with Shreveport Green and EPRI to create the first indoor agriculture facility that utilizes new technology to grow nutritious food year-round. 

“SWEPCO is proud to collaborate on this exciting project that will help increase access to healthy food in our communities using this innovative farming method,” said SWEPCO President and Chief Operating Officer Malcolm Smoak.

The Urban Farm on Sprague Street will feature a controlled environment agriculture farm made from a custom shipping container equipped with LED lighting, high efficiency HVAC system, recirculating water pumps, a dehumidification system, and sensors.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting and practical program,” said Donna Curtis, Shreveport Green Executive Director. “We hope to eventually harvest 90 pounds of produce every three weeks, giving our Mobile Market a dependable source of food. This hydroponic container nicely complements the 22 additional community gardens we have around the city.”

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