Operation Search: Food gets cool indoor mini-farms

Operation Search Food can provide lettuce locally grown to low-income individuals.

Locally grown.

They don’t even need to leave their warehouse to pick it up.

The organization was presented with two Flex Farms, which is a miniature, self-contained hydroponic farm. Operation Search Food can now grow its own produce indoors, as it has in this instance in its warehouse.

The mini-farms can produce a new crop every other month, or less, due to their short growing periods of 21 to 28 days. These farms are best suited for growing herbs and leafy green vegetables. Each farm can produce as much as 25 pounds of produce each growing cycle.

Operation Search Food , a hunger relief organization, distributes food to almost 200,000 people each month in Missouri and Illinois through a network that includes food banks and charities.

It purchases most of its fresh produce from local farmers. With the addition of these mini-farms organizers will now be able grow a portion of it.

These two units, which normally cost $5,000 each, were donated by UnitedHealthCare Community Plan of Missouri as well as Fork Farms (the Wisconsin company that makes them).

“We are excited to be the first Missouri organization to have them. There are 25 other organizations in the United States or Canada. It’s exciting to be at the cutting edge,” Kristen Wild, executive director of Operation Search Food , said.

Operation Search Food gets cool new indoor mini-farms

Operation Search Food can provide lettuce locally grown to low-income individuals.

Locally grown.

They don’t even need to leave their warehouse to pick it up.

The organization was presented with two Flex Farms, mini-hydroponic farms that are self-contained and can be used in miniature. Operation Search Food can now grow its own produce indoors, as it has in this instance in its warehouse.

The mini-farms can produce a new crop every other month, or less, due to their short growing periods of 21 to 28 days. These farms are best suited for growing herbs and leafy green vegetables. Each farm can produce as much as 25 pounds of produce each growing cycle.

Operation Search Food , a hunger relief organization, distributes food to almost 200,000 people Decadent each month in Missouri and Illinois through a network that includes food banks and charities.

It purchases most of its fresh  produce from local farmers. With the addition of these mini-farms organizers will now be able grow a portion of it.

“We are excited to be the first Missouri organization to have them. There are 25 other organizations in the United States or Canada. It’s exciting to be at the cutting edge,” Kristen Wild, executive director of Operation Search Food.

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