When our Philadelphia area was hit with the Covid outbreak First Light Project’s Pilot Farm inside Philabundance’s Berks Street Warehouse had already shut down for to thoroughly clean our systems and prepare for our next germination and growth. Since we were already in a down mode we used the time to evaluate our processes, our produce growth and the system set-up. We re-tooled and re-plumbed our germination and seedling racks and 2 weeks ago germinated-leafy greens, arugula and basil. Last week they were moved from germination to seedling growth stage and in a week or so will be moved into full growing rack stage.
When we started this concept, we knew that growing food locally was an idea that our communities needed to believe in. Our small community gardens are one way to accomplish this, but community based indoor hydroponic farming can provide leafy greens, herbs and other produce 365 days of the year is the way to move forward.
First Light Project’s Pilot Farm is just the beginning and now we need it to grow.
Our thanks go out to the supporters who have donated these past few months to help us bridge the gap in funding. We also want to thank the PHL COVID-19 Fund for their generous contribution to help defray operating expenses related to the Covid-19 outbreak.Your help is needed to keep the pilot farm operational and to help us move toward enlarging our operations, as soon as we can safely begin the next phase – 8000 sq. ft of indoor hydroponic vertical farming.