Living in a city like New York, the options for local foods and supplies are often limited. As an amateur chef, I enjoy browsing through the different farmers markets located in different areas throughout New York. While they are all amazing, my favourite is undoubtedly the one in Union Square.
'We are what we eat' is a phrase we often hear. What we choose to feed our body directly contributes to the health and performance of our body. Therefore, it is important to wonder where can we find truly fresh food that can support us, as an individual, community and as a planet. From experience, it is difficult to find local suppliers that provide fresh food.
That is until I discovered Square Roots.
Square Roots is an urban farm and entrepreneurship platform that aims to provide its local community with real and fresh food all year round. They are located in Brooklyn, New York City.
I was extremely fortunate to have visited the Square Roots’ location in Brooklyn over the weekend. Two of the entrepreneurs/farmers that worked at Square Roots, Paul and Bryan, were kind enough to give us a private tour of the facilities and how it all works.
Square Roots has transformed several old shipping containers into indoor farms which are located in the parking space outside. The farmers each grow their own choice of greens for the season.
The greens grow in a hydroponic and controlled-climate space that is completely GMO-free, spray-free environment until they are ready to be harvested. The containers can produce more than 50 Ibs of greens each week and only need approximately eight gallons of water a day to sustain the system.
After the tour of the indoor farms, we were invited to have a light salad lunch, but this is not without first contributing to the harvesting and replanting of the greens we will be eating.
As you can see from the photos I was admiring the freshness of the lovely greens.
I had a wonderful time eating the greens and enjoying my afternoon with Square Roots.
Given the present we live in today, there will undoubtedly be a number of challenges that we, as a society, will be dealing with in the future. One of them being the food industry. With the growing advances in technology and the changing climate, the future of food is uncertain. However, one thing that we can be certain of is that the methodology that we use in agriculture will have to evolve with the changing world.
That’s why, I am excited to have discovered programs such as Square Roots, who’s mission is to empower communities through real food and challenge the people to create better solutions to local food systems, urban agriculture and our day to day interaction with food.
A very special thanks to Ollie Social (@ollie.co) for making this tour happen. They are an amazing new community that I recently joined, that allows me to enjoy the city that I have never had before. I have joined and enjoyed many of their activities the past few months and cannot wait to attend many more of their upcoming events.
Please check them out at https://olliesocial.co .
Also, another big thank you to Square Roots for the new Experience. They have a Farm-to-Local membership program where you are can order the Greens grown in these farms and have them directly send to you or other local locations that will make the most amazing healthy meal all year round.
In the growing age of globalization, we are given dozens of choices everyday, from the coffee we drink to the clothes we buy. However, how is the abundance of objects affecting our daily lives? And more importantly, what is the effect of it on our society and planet as a whole?
I have always been a strong advocate for supporting local economy and stores when I travel.
But what can you do at home, as an individual of a global community?
Besides the usual traveling and lifestyle pieces I have written on my website, I will be exploring more on topics of sustainability and wellness. One of my favorite mentor once said 'we should all aim to think globally, act locally'. This concept still resonates with me today. It asks that we think about the wellbeing of the planet as a whole, and take action in supporting our own local communities.
We are all agents of change. It is not about the grand gestures, but the small decisions we make everyday that define our imminent epoch.
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- From Flora