For starters, the farm is housed in a freight container which helps control their growing environment and produce food all year long. This closed loop, high tech growing system is outfitted with high-density production equipment (i.e. ZipGrow Towers) and smart environmental controls to help maximize production and minimize errors.
He’s already gothis eye on a bigger operation, and is looking at property for a 5,000 to 10,000 square foot warehouse farm.
Currently, Nic and Zach manage the farm, but Zeponic farms will be interning more students through both an adult life skills program, and environmental classes with the local university. They already have a handful of students interested. If they enjoy working on the farm, then there will be employment opportunities down the road. “If not, that’s fine too,” says Zach. It’s important to the Zepfs that the interns on the farm not only have the opportunity for work, but enjoy it.
Zeponic Farms: Using innovations to grow impact
Armed withnew innovations in agriculture technology, visionaries like ZachZepf have the ability tocreate powerful win-win situtations for a varitety of stakeholders.
Not only is Zeponic Farmsemploying a population group many perceive to be “unemployable” in most occupations, they’re actively feeding people in their local community with high quality, farm-fresh produce.
Thanks to bold thinkers like Zach, the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area is creating jobs AND becoming part of anew food economy;one that’s based on transparency, quality of produce and knowing your farmer.
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