US (NY): Can hydroponic farms solve food access issues on East Side?

When temperatures dip below zero, it's too cold for farmers to grow fresh produce in Buffalo. But at Feed More Western New York, the food bank has found a way that helps bring food access to residents of Buffalo's East side and beyond. And it's an idea that is likely to sprout up elsewhere too.

In Western New York, there are two projects —one planned and one underway—that either do or hope to use hydroponic gardening as a way to bring food to areas that need it.

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In the parking lot of Feed More's headquarters on James E. Casey Drive, there are two large shipping containers, each with the capability of growing what would otherwise require from 2 to 6 acres of farmland.

The container farm supplies fresh produce that Feed More uses in their farmers' markets – an oasis in the food deserts on Buffalo's East Side and elsewhere.


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