FOOD SYSTEM IMPACT
SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
For Environmental Health
AEROPONICS USES 90% LESS WATER, SPACE, AND NUTRIENTS
Conventional farming pollutes local waters with pesticides and strips large tracts of land of nutrient content needed for future food production. Harvest Nation’s system has a reverse osmosis filter to reuse water to produce 50% faster yields in 90% less space.
GOING NET ZERO
WITH SOLAR POWER
Harvest Nation has received proposals from Litty Solar (MN) and BoxPower (CA) for off-grid solar panels with battery storage units to pair with its first farm.
FULL-SPECTRUM LED GROW LIGHTS
The technological advancement of a full-spectrum LED grow light has made indoor plant production financially viable and environmentally sustainable for its major reduction in energy inputs needed to grow indoors.
For Public Health and Social Good
Fresh, healthy produce can play a large role in preventing nutrient-related diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. Therefore, we all deserve local control of our food system. As a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, we are directly accountable to the people we serve.
For us, local access to fresh produce year-round means bringing power to our community to promote health and wellbeing for friends and family. To guarantee we can serve a variety of people across socioeconomic lines as a CSA farm, we can accept EBT/SNAP and offer educational outreach and support as part of our social justice mission.
LOCAL FOOD SECURITY FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE & RISING GLOBAL POPULATION
According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate change effects are already negatively impacting fruit and veggie crop yields. This means danger for food security.
Growing indoors is a viable way to source food to prepare for climate change so that fresh produce items are accessible no matter how mother nature is behaving outside. The global population is expected to hit 9 billion people by 2050. Aeroponics has significantly faster and larger yields to feed rising populations.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Harvest Nation is aligned with Food Sovereignty principles. For more information, please click here to read about it on Harvest Nation’s Blogs in one of our earliest posts.
One pillar of Food Sovereignty is Education. Our team has had its traditional Indigenous foodways replaced with overly processed convenience foods, so we know how hard it is to change behaviors and consume more fresh fruits and vegetables. So much so, we have a presentation called “Fight with Every Bite” because it can be a battle at times.
We know healthier eating takes some planning and positive support. For that reason, Harvest Nation provides community education and nutritious recipes in every box to honor this core value.
For the Local Economy in NE Minnesota
About a billion dollars worth of food consumed in the Western Lake Superior region is trucked in annually. Meanwhile, only about a million dollars worth is actually produced in our area. We can keep our hard-earned dollars right here to spur the local economy on the Iron Range. Marlise Riffle, a member of the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS), is reported by the Hibbing Daily Tribune as stating that Iron Rangers need only purchase “20 percent of your annual food locally” since it “would generate 248-694 jobs and keep $51 million within the service area.” (Leah Ryan, Hibbing Daily Tribune, Press Release dated 30 September 2018).