Indoor food production (IFP), also known as container farming or vertical farming, uses technology, plant sciences and controlled environments to create microclimates. These fully enclosed hydroponic containers create the ideal conditions for growing safe, clean, fresh plants all year long—to supplement existing agriculture practices in communities across the state.
Typically, leafy greens travel an average of 2,000 miles before reaching a store—losing more nutritional value with each passing day. Now, produce can go from farm to table in hours instead of days.
Fresh produce that grows even during Minnesota winters. This especially benefits communities that are located in Federally Designated Food Desert Areas, which means there is a lack of access to affordable healthy foods.
The controlled environment enhances food safety and reduces risk for water contamination. Plus, it’s free of pesticides and fertilizers.
Produce is distributed throughout the community—in partnership with local food access initiatives—to provide healthy food options to more than 600 people each month.
The pods use electricity in a way that benefits the environment by reducing the amount of water used and carbon emissions generated.
As part of a nationwide research project in collaboration with EPRI, data will be collected for research and development of load planning and rate design for this growing industry.
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