Who needs grass, sunlight, and bees to harvest when you can replicate a farm in the city?! The forward-thinkers at the non-profit, Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ) are creating indoor hydroponic farms at New York City school cafeterias and classrooms and “ensuring universal equitable access to healthy, fresh, affordable food.”
The students at Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus are learning these innovative hydroponic urban agricultural farming techniques and growing produce without the need for soil, natural light, or pollinators. farming uses nutrient-rich, liquid fertilizer and LED lights. No soil is used and instead, the root system is supported with mixed media, such as peat moss, clay pellets, or rockwool.
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With space-saving vertical farm beds, the hydroponic farm at Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus produces over 150 fresh produce each week. Overall, indoor hydroponic farms can yield more than 19,000 lbs. of fresh produce annually at each location.
According to TFFJ, other major benefits to hydroponic urban agricultural farming is that students are learning about entrepreneurship, health/nutrition education, and advocacy. This empowers them to change their environment and catapult food-insecure communities towards healthier futures.