All over the country are food deserts generally urban, impoverished or isolated communities that are devoid of grocery stores and farmers markets, and thus lack access to fresh food.
is a Los Angeles-based urban agriculture company that is seeking to fill this void. Through a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of technology, the team has developed a solution to this growing problem.
We see Local Roots as pioneering the way for making urban agriculture a real solution to the problem of food access in this country, says Allison Towle, Director of Corporate Communication.
Local Roots designs, builds and operates indoor growing centers called TerraFarms that are made from shipping containers. Each pod contains five acres of farmland. Let that sink in; five acres of fresh food is grown within the footprint of a 40-foot metal box.
If you can take a farm and locate it anywhere, why dont you put it directly in the community that needs it the most? says Eric Ellestad, co-founder and CEO.
By bringing the farm closer to the consumer, they are able to reduce food miles by a whopping 93%. That means fresher produce, a dependable supply and better nutrition for communities that desperately need it.