First Light Project was informed yesterday that we have been nominated for the #FuurePHL award from the SustainPHL program. The awards will happen at the virtual – Embracing Resiliency Symposium @ 4 pm on Friday, September 25th. Here’s the link if you want to cheer us on: https://www.accelevents.com/e/u/checkout/greenphilly/tickets/order We are being noticed and that’s a very good thing.
September 8, 2020; GreenBiz Since COVID-19 hit the Unites States earlier this year, home gardening has been rising in popularity—so much so that seed companies saw their highest sales in over 100 years. And this revival couldn’t come at a better time: the pandemic presents a perfect opportunity to reduce world hunger by putting food production back in the hands of local communities and ending food waste with a circular food system. The reality is that hunger in the US is not a result of food scarcity. In fact, nearly one third of all food produced each year goes to...
This is what our harvest today looks like. Who can resist a bouquet of Monte Carlo Romaine? We harvested approximately 80 lbs of leafy greens and donated 78 lbs to PCK, a culinary training program of Philabundance.
In these unprecedented times we at First Light Project see that the COVID 19 Pandemic and recent protests has changed the way we live our lives, the way we do business and the way we think about food. In the past 3 months First Light Project has taken a look at how shopping now occurs, how our supply chain works or doesn’t work and how we, our friends and our families eat. With the major disruptions to the supply chain, the need for growing produce locally has moved to the forefront of our way of thinking and our way of...
We are excited to announce that we have received a grant from the PHL COVID-19 Fund to help with operational costs during these troublesome times. Prior to the stay-at-home orders, we had temporarily shut-down the systems for a deep cleanse and over the past few weeks, we sheltered in place. Last week we returned to germinate and this week we have seedlings growing for leafy greens, arugula and basil. Keep a look out for updates on our produce growth.
Check out our latest FLP farm in Philadelphia!
By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment. In a forward-looking talk, he explains how this method can maintain better safety standards, save money, use less water and help us provide for future generations. This talk was presented at a TED Salon event given in partnership with Brightline Initiative. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page. Read more about TED Salons.
HortiDaily is a newsletter for the world of Agritech. Check out this link! https://www.hortidaily.com/article/9183282/us-pa-hydroponic-farm-provides-hunger-relief/
It has been an exciting year for First Light Project and we are truly thankful. With the generous support of individuals and organizations we have built a small pilot farm in Philadelphia and the response from the community is overwhelmingly positive! This idea took a long time to germinate but the results speak for themselves. Early this year First Light Project Farm was selected as a finalist for the Full City Challenge. Many of you donated to our Go Fund Me campaign and in two weeks we raised nearly $10,000 towards building the pilot farm. Generous donations from a family...
Here are additional pictures of what we’ve grown in our vertical farms!
We are continuing to make progress with our vertical farms. Here are some of the plants we’ve grown.