Thursday, January 12, 2017

Farm-to-Table is about to get so much closer

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or compensation in exchange for a post expressing my personal opinions.

What would you think about a system that would provide you with fresh, healthy food every single day year round? Pretty cool, huh? And you want to know more about it, don't you?

Here's the thing: innovator Andrew Dewey came up with a way for everyone to grow their own food right in their own kitchen. The system is called Organiponic. 

According to the Worldwide Fund for Nature, unsustainable agricultural practices can negatively impact the environment in various ways, including: 

  • land conversion and habitat loss
  • wasteful water consumption
  • soil erosion and degradation
  • pollution
  • genetic erosion
  • climate change
With the demand for organic food reaching $43.3 billion last year, it's obvious that millions of Americans are prioritizing regarding what they eat and they're often choosing farm-to-table. But for some, that's not even an option. While I enjoy the benefit of living close to farms where I can trust their growing practices, such as Freedom Farms in Butler County, PA, many others are not so fortunate. I also have easy access to stores like Trader Joe's, Aldi's, and Whole Foods where I can purchase organic and GMO-free produce. Quite honestly, I don't even give it much thought. For me, there's no excuse for not eating food that is safe and healthy.

That doesn't mean I don't enjoy harvesting food from my own garden for the short season afforded to us here in Western Pennsylvania. Which is why the idea of a year round seed-to-harvest system caught my interest.

With the Organiponic system, everyone has access to fresh local food every day. "What's more local than your own kitchen?" asks Dewey. Indeed. Who wouldn't want to walk across their kitchen and snip some herbs on cut some lettuce? Brilliant!

The problem at this point is that the Organiponic system is not yet available. That's why I'm sharing this information and the link to their StartEngine campaign (click here), which includes an informative video. Once launched, the company will deliver a 12, 16, or 24 plant system for in-home gardening with the goal of transforming the way you garden, cook, and eat organic produce. They plan to offer their units worldwide, along with a subscription-based "grow kit" to provide quality lettuces, greens, and herbs throughout the year, accompanied by an app that will let you know when to add nutrients. Check out the video, become a contributor, and you could be instrumental in changing the world, one bowl of lettuce at a time!

Now that's the kind of change I can stand behind!

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