The Nano Farm™ Story
Designed in Long Beach, Built in Long Beach with a Conscience
Nano Farms™ is a customizable personal farming system for soil-less production offering over 200 design combinations that grow leafy greens, herbs and fruiting crops in this free-standing, self-contained system offering system design, system operation, feasibility analysis, urban farming products, and classes with supporting curriculum.
It all started when in 2010
I built a 500 SF greenhouse in West LA
With 2 layers of DWC, 4 layers of NFT, and a series of zip towers hanging over the fish tanks, I saw this as a pathway to commercial urban farming. Thousands of people came by for tours and everyone wanted one but didn't have space.
Nano Farms™ was born from the realization that there was a market opportunity for a consumer based personal farm system.
San Francisco County Jail
Urban Ag: Pathway to Employment
Over the next few years, that market proved to be in schools. We delivered a few dozen projects focused on STEM in public school, universities, homeless shelter, faith-based groups and even the San Francisco county jail where we have trained some 500 students in urban ecology through the lens of aquaponics... adult males working towards a high school diploma.
Our focus is to educate, inspire, train and empower people to be a part of the solution.
For the past 4 years, Ourfoods (501c3) has impacted the lives of many thousands of students throughout CA.
Today we are ramping up a new direction in Workforce Development/ Career Technical Education. We see urban ag as a pathway to resilient, healthy communities with job creation at the core of need.
Since urban ag jobs are far and few between in LA, we see Nano Farms™ as THE pathway to not only activate underused and underserved areas with hyper-local food access but also to be the vehicle for actual employment.
This year, we planted our flag in Long Beach, with a team of local individuals we are training to build, install and service Nano Farms™ throughout the region. Nano Farms™ is evolving into a separate social enterprise with partnerships with other local entities and with an ethos that reflects our own.
As a social enterprise we pay our team a fair and equitable wage. Every Nano Farm™ purchased also helps support our 'farm-in- schools' initiative.