US (WI): Growers go vertical at nonprofit UrbanPonics

The concerns and reality of food deserts, large food waste, and poor access to healthy foods are rising, but the people behind a local nonprofit say growing your own food vertically, soilless, and indoors could be the solution.

With the cold seasons approaching, grocery trips for produce can be disappointing. One of the biggest reasons for that is food transportation — 40% of produce spoils during transport. Another 31% goes rotten after purchase but before a consumer can use it.

However, hydroponic and aquaponic farming could allow shoppers to pick their own produce in their own homes. Imagine if “when you make a salad or sandwich, you can just walk over and cut your produce,” said Webb Stone, the founder of UrbanPonics.

Based out of Middletown Grange in Wrightstown, UrbanPonics is a nonprofit devoted to year-round agriculture, educating the community on vertical farming, and promoting environmentally sustainable farming techniques. The organization is led by a group of seven with diverse backgrounds. But they all share a passion for promoting the benefits of hydroponics and aquaponics.


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