Purpose of Indoor Farming

The Revolution

Now, I’m not saying there will actually be a revolution, and I’m not necessarily calling for one either. Personally, I wish whole heartedly that politicians would come to their senses and begin to make decisions based on the good of the people as the people see it instead of thinking that because a particular company head or corporation has made millions or billions of dollars that they are the most qualified to direct our lives as they see fit. They don’t want to make all inclusive food labeling mandatory because big ag doesn’t want to be held accountable for the way they process our food. They want to ship oil by train and move it by pipeline regardless of the threat it poses to our land and our people living in the regions it will travel. They do want to regulate the smaller farmers to ensure they don’t cut into any of the profits of the huge agricultural giants.

turkey and musket

If you are reading this you are literate, so you know the meaning of purpose. The reasons for indoor farming are vast.  I read this morning where a county in Hawaii voted to restrict some of the farming practices by Monsanto concerning GMO produced seeds. Their main concern was the use of pesticides, which of course can be carried by the wind to crops grown by other farmers. When Monsanto took them to court, the judge found, not surprisingly, in favor of Monsanto saying that the county over reached their authority. Here is a county trying to oversee their own health and a member of the federal government tells them uh-uh, no way that you have control of yourself. So, in my opinion, they need to grow indoors. That way no matter what Monsanto does or some judges say, they would have almost complete control over their food.

I’ve also read recently people are upset that food companies don’t put more in depth labels on the items they produce, such as where it was grown, or whether it is GMO. Grow your own food at home or eat locally grown food and you won’t have to worry about it. A 250 mile radius is generally considered local when it comes to eating local. That seems a bit too far to me. I think I can get just about everything I would normally eat within 50 miles of where I live. If you can’t, maybe that is your call to action. Perhaps you should start growing big enough to feed yourself and your neighbors. If not you, maybe someone near you could be convinced to do so. Eventually, if you help to make big ag and the federal government obsolete, they’ll go away, in theory.

Some may want to grow food in their garage, or carport, or maybe even clean out a garden shed real well and grow there. Lots of people grow herbs in their kitchen, and growing vegetables is just an extension of that practice. There may be some folks not too far away raising chickens, and if so you might could trade some fresh lettuce or spinach for your weekly allotment of eggs.

It’s possible you just need a challenging hobby, and believe me, the bigger your farm or garden, the more challenging it will be. Just because you grow indoors doesn’t mean you can’t grow in soil. Raised garden beds can be utilized inside as well as outside. I prefer container gardening, buckets and grow towers, but for melons I find it’s easier to grow them in compost and soil in a much larger bed.

Whatever your reason or purpose for farming under the roof, it can be a great experience and provide a feeling of accomplishment. It’s pretty cool to invite friends and family over for dinner and be able to serve them a meal raised by your own hands at your own house. Of course if they get sick, that’s your fault too. So be sure to clean everything twice at least.

One last consideration would be to feed your down trodden. There is a fellow up in Virginia that built all his own greenhouses (2 I think), but they’re big,
and he seems to have the magic touch when it comes to growing. A couple of years ago he came up with a watermelon that weighed 50 lbs. and he grew it inside his greenhouse. On youtube, he’s known as MHP. He eats his own homegrown food but he doesn’t sell any of it, although he certainly could. He gives it away, to his church I believe, so it can find it’s way to the folks who truly need it. Can you imagine if this happened all over the country or even the world? I think there would be much less hungry people. Food for thought, eh?

basket of veggies

3 Comments

  1. Great blog Brendan!! and what a fantastic cotiecllon of greens. I miss the gardening so much i now live in a flat, although last year i had limited success with my terrace tomatoes you inspired me to be more anventurous with the my terrace!!..ah wait, i see you have more stuff to the right will have a nosey around!!

  2. This is a great post as you are so right. We need to take our power back and stop the corporations from controling us. I always try to buy organic veg but its so expensive. I had thought of growing my own, but not indoors. What a great idea!
    Thank you 🙂

    • Hey Cheryl,
      Thanks for stopping by. Growing even a couple of vegetables at home is of great value to your nutrition. Success breeds success. Once you start, well, you never know.

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