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AeroFarms Gets More Money

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Touch the Soil News #715 (photo – artists rendition of AeroFarms operations – photo courtesy of AeroFarms) Aeroponics is a form of indoor vertical agriculture that raises leafy greens and herbs without sunlight, soil or pesticides. AeroFarms has a patented technology that grows plants on a reusable cloth medium. As the plant pushes roots through the cloth, the roots are then misted with water and nutrients. AeroFarms recently received more venture capital money – $34 million to be exact. This brings the total venture capital funding for AeroFarms to over $130 million since 2014. AeroFarms presently has nine (9) indoor farms, selling fresh greens to the food service sector and…

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American Creativity

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Touch the Soil News #579 With the New Year close at hand, it’s uplifting to see creativity at work. Two young men – Sam Secord and William Rowe of Florida –have been working for three years to invent what they call the Aergro planter box that hangs on a wall. Pooling their own resources, they have arrived at a final prototype which is ready for mass production. They are hopeful the world will embrace their enthusiasm. The Aergro Box is not only designed to grow food, but to filter the air of toxins. The Aergro box idea came from similar devices used by NASA (see video clip below). The two…

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Food Computers

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Touch the Soil News #264 Caleb Harper, a research scientist and MIT is another example of folks and technology looking to re-invent farming and food. Harper is the inventor of the Food Computer. The food computer is an idea, about taking a greenhouse and putting a computer on the side. The computer will hold the information necessary to create climates best suited for different plants. The computer has a box that can recreate a specific environment. For example, let’s say we want to recreate the climate of Mexico that is perfect for raising strawberries. The computer becomes like a library that has detailed data of many different climates in its…

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