URban Green Farms
Urban Green Farms is the home of holistic and sustainable farming solutions for Australians, through Indoor Gardens, Vertical Farming, Hydroponics, and Aquaponics. We only select unique products that are ethically driven and purposeful.
Our full-service approach ensures that you can learn, grow and discover the world of "Ponics" with very little experience. We have a wealth of informative resources, partners and 24 hour online support. We are based in Melbourne, Australia.
We focus on providing the most sustainable, cost-effective and convenient alternative farming solutions for the education sector, everyday consumers and commercial farmers across Australia.
Urban Green Farms encompases the values of reducing food waste, global warming, soil erosion and global hunger. We want to see the regeneration of our soil and believe we need to take the strain off conventional farming practices that ruin our soil. We believe alternate farming methods like Aquaponics and Hydroponics are the answer.
Supplementing regenerative Farming
In addition to providing Australian's with an alternative to conventional farming, we truly believe that our soil is under threat. It is estimated alone that the USA has 60 years of tillable soil left. To learn more about Regenerative Agriculture, visit www.kisstheground.com
The purpose of Urban Green Farms is to create awareness and action around the things that matter the most. The human species needs to adapt and evolve into a much more collective community that embraces the fact that our natural resources are precious and need to be protected. Our approach is to supplement conventional farming until it is permanently replaced with regenerative agricultural methods. Our pillars are simple and based on five important elements; food security, combat climate change, eat local, eat clean and the protection of our future generations.
Our Founder, Andrew Meseha has spent years working in Australia, USA, New Zealand and across Asia in the Hydroponics & Aquaponics Industry. His passion and desire to see a healthy and sustainable planet led to the inception of Urban Green Farms. He realised that the industry was delivering great adaptable technology that was primarily being used for medical plants. The surge in demand for highly productive, low energy products meant that the application of these technologies could grow food in a range of much more sustainable methods.
OUr sustainability pillars
Food Miles are a measure of the distance food is transported between production and consumption. The more miles the more greenhouse gases produced.
A typical Melbourne shopping basket has travelled a staggering 70,000 kilometres – equivalent to almost two trips around the world. By purchasing an orange grown in Mildura rather than California you reduce food miles from 12,879 km to 567 km.
Zero Food Miles
How cool is that? Aquaponics and Hydroponics (AKA Ponics), uses 90% less water due to the nature of the practices.
The plants only feed on what they need and return the rest of the water back to the tank.
It's called recirculating!
There are a range of exciting techniques that ALL use way less water than conventional farming.
Our indoor systems don't need to battle the daily challenges of mother nature. Even though we love mother earth, we don't like pests and disease.
Indoor gardens across Australia that are grown "ponically" require almost zero pesticides and repellants due to the fact they stay indoors away from the elements.
That's what I call clean food!
Genetically Modified Organisms are unnatural! That's right! Unnatural!
Scientists have been testing the effects of genetically modified crops on humans for years. These crops have had their DNA changed to fight off pests and disease.
The good news is, you don't need to eat them ever again. Visit our blog about Organic seeds and find Australia's best suppliers
One of the greatest benefits of indoor farming is the ability to grow out of season crops ALL year round.
This might sound unnatural but its not. Aquaponics and Hydroponics lets you control every part of the growth process from humidity, temperature, nutrient levels and lighting.
For example, if you change the lighting schedule,16 hours of light, the plants are tricked into believing spring is in the air.
This is called the blooming phase.
Teaching our future generations about sustainable farming practices, will help secure our food security for years to come.
Education is key to creating a cleaner and healthier earth as well.
Alternative farming practices will take the strain off our food chain and provide localised food sources that support our ever growing population.