CoolFarm is a Cool Farm

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CoolFarm has designs on the urban farming market. By the end of this summer, its own in/store-branded units will be installed on the island of Madeira with the help of local operator Lucky Greens, which wants to grow high-quality food such as leafy salads, microgreens and herbs for local hotels and restaurants.

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Our Philosophy (and progress pictures)

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Rosemont is doing it right and we’re looking forward to the day when the rest of the world catches up.

That world is still stuck in the old paradigm of thoughtless consumerism. The original definition of consumer is “one who destroys, or expends by use; devours, spends wastefully.” We would need 7 more planet Earths if everyone consumed at the rate of an average American. Bringing the same idea closer to our food system, it has been estimated that the true social and environmental cost of a hamburger when the forest has been cleared to create pastureland for grazing cattle is two hundred dollars.

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Painting A Hydroponic Vertical Farm

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In this post, I walk you through what decisions I had to make when deciding how (or if) to paint my farm. After reading this you’ll know what to put on your walls for any indoor grow room, hydroponics or not.

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Hydroponics Progress Pictures

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We’ve been building out the garage this past week and progress is already huge. I’m essentially turning half of my garage into a proof of concept for a hydroponic vertical farm. I’m at the very beginning: easy 2×4 framing with drywall, batt insulation (not all up yet in the pictures), and a layer of foam board on top of that. Click through to see the pictures of where we are!

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How I Picked A Site For My Farm

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I was between a passive greenhouse and a refurbished garage. How did I decide?

When I started researching how I was going to take the next steps with this project, the very first question that popped into my head was “Where am I going to do this?” Initially, I was set on a large, dense city. After all, it’s what I’d been writing about for years and what has been demonstrated to work.

Of course, after talking with everyone that I’ve talked to, I learned that land and initial equipment investment were the largest expenditures for vertical farms. And I didn’t want to be like one of the many failed farms that threw a bunch of space and money at the business and walked away bankrupt like Alterrus.

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