The Fundamentals Of Indoor Farming


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In this video, Dr. Nate answers some fundamental questions about indoor growing.

Indoor farming is a new farming approach that utilizes volume in unconventional spaces. It’s powered by new technology and benefits both farmers and consumers.

*Benefits of indoor farming to farmers*
High density production
Economic production
Controlled production
Consistent production
Unique branding

*Benefits to consumers*
Food that reaches the fringes
Food with higher quality
Food from farmers you know

Will indoor ag replace field agriculture?
Only for certain crops, and not all at once. The total market share will be eroded, but field agriculture will never be completely replaced.

What is unique about an indoor farm?
Indoor farmers think about production space as a volume rather than square footage. This changes the form of growing equipment from single plane to multiple plane, and then to vertical plane for maximum volume use. This means that more and more, indoor farming will equate to vertical farming.

Why is the world using indoor farming?
Different places are starting indoor farming from different motivations, most of which depend on the markets and the resources that they have. For example:
Japan has unique resources in the form of government subsidies, underutilized semiconductor and microchip facilities.
US indoor farmers are powered mostly by markets with high demands and value for local produce.
China is motivated by food safety concerns and demand for safe produce.

In addition to all this, indoor farming is a wild west industry- a small space that’s expanding quickly, with tons of opportunities… especially for people wanting to get in on the ground level.

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What can you do for the indoor farming industry?
Buy local
Start a farm
Help an indoor farmer

Timestamps/What’s Covered:

00:18 What is indoor farming?
03:03 Goals for indoor farming
03:50 Benefitys of indoor farming
05:14 What role it plays in the industry
06:45 Current status of indoor farming
08:05 The future of indoor farming
09:08 Why does indoor farming matter?
13:35 Get involved

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