The mission of Second Chances Farm is to nurture plants and people, and our planet, one green thumb at a time. We will provide returning citizens with mentorship programs and green collar jobs at hydroponic, indoor vertical farms in economically distressed communities.
Our vision is two-fold: to reduce our carbon footprint by growing food locally 365 days a year, while replacing recidivism with compassionate capitalism and turning entrepreneurs-in-residence into “Agri-preneurs.” Second Chances Farm, LLC is a Qualified Opportunity Fund and a Delaware Public Benefit Limited Liability Company.
ABOUT THE FARM
Aerial view of Farm #1
How Hydroponics Work
Humans have been growing plants in water (hydroponics) almost as long as we have been growing them in dirt. Only in the last few decades, however, has technology caught up with this practice enough to support efficient and commercially viable plant production for human consumption.
The basic idea behind hydroponics involves growing plants in just water - no soil. Within these parameters, there are various ways to grow and reap a bountiful harvest, but most hydroponics systems work using the same basic principles: Plants are grown within some type of container, where water - with added fertilizer - can reach the roots and allow the plants to grow. Either natural or artificial light may be used to aid in the plants’ process of photosynthesis.
Hydroponics save 70 to 95% more water than traditional, soil-based farming due to reduced evaporation and recycling water in a closed loop system. When coupled with modern innovations in stackable technology and LED lighting, we get vertical farming.
This futuristic twist on agriculture can be administered inside almost any building and can produce much more crop yield per square foot than conventional, outdoor farming - right in your home town. Most fruits and vegetables come from more than 1,000 miles away and take a week or more to reach your plate. Vertical farms can be local and get food to consumers in as little as 24 hours!
The truly extraordinary advantage of farming indoors is that we can grow and harvest locally, 365 days per year, in any climate, with absolutely zero pesticides or herbicides, making it the freshest, healthiest, and most nutritious organic food on earth.
It has been estimated that 80% of the world's 10 Billion person population will live in urban areas by the year 2050, and just as skyscrapers were designed as a way to make more efficient use of urban space, so must be modern farms. This is where growing vertically becomes key for the future of agriculture.
With the ability to now stack plants like shelves in a factory, we are able to grow almost 100 times more produce per square foot than traditional farms and even greenhouses. Rapid innovations in LED lighting and other tech continuously compound this rise in production, allowing for even more crop yield.
Although leafy greens are the simplest and most cost-effective plants for vertical agriculture, virtually any crops can be grown hydroponically. Some of the most common and capable hydroponic crops include: Lettuce, Kale, Basil, Strawberries, Peppers, Chard, Hemp, and many more.