Strawman Farm community foods Ltd.
CANADA'S FOOD SECTOR
Food security, food sovereignty
and sustainable agriculture
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The Strawman Farm team is highly passionate and successful Developers/Farmers . Our new project is around real food production, consumption, and preparation. We also organize events and tours at the farm, design and facilitate workshops around Food Literacy. With a fundamental vision and practice of education-on real food.
The Future of Food:
The earth's population is expected to hit 9 billion people by the end of 2060. To feed all of those hungry mouths we will need a 70% increase in food production. And already a billion people are going hungry. We need to drastically change our food sources and production methods, and we have to do it appropriately. It sounds almost impossible, but scientists are coming up with answers, like vertical indoor growing. Organic produce is a $33.8 billion industry and is expected to nearly double by 2025. Strawman Farm company seeks to build Canada's first Sky Greens vertical farm.
The vertical farm is a facility that looks like it jumped off the page of a science-fiction novel instead of agricultural textbook. The company is a combination of cutting edge, high quality, efficient food technology and production. It is committed to the improvement of taste in vegetables and excellent quality and nutritional value.
The company will provide education, experience and research in the vertical indoor/hydroponic growing field.
We have the experience and extensive knowledge of growing free from any contamination.
This will be an independent collaborative community based project.
We intend to supply strawberries, mushrooms and vegetables for the local, national and international markets.
Strawman Farm’s strawberries are the taste of the future.
The main crops to be grown will be Hydroponic Strawberries that are making a big impression!
Growing strawberries hydroponically eliminates the need for methyl bromide.
Many commercial growers have already switched to this method of cultivation.
Hydroponics is rapidly becoming recognized as the most productive and efficient form of food production.
Whether produce is grown indoor under artificial light or outdoor in sunlight,
hydroponic cultivation offers strawberry growers many advantages
(Strawberries will be the focus at 69, 000+ plants):
➢ Vertical farming increases production and yield per square foot by 10 to 15 times
➢ Canada consumes far more strawberries than its annual production of approximately 30 million tons. (66,138,678,655 LBS )
➢ Growing happy and optimum plants in a nutrient solution and saving water
➢ Supplying year round high quality and volume production
➢ Keeping environment clean (no sprays or other sources of contamination)
As the issues above show, the term 'food insecurity' does not always capture the complex factors
that hinder people's access to nutrition. Proper nutrition is not always simply about access to food.
It is also about economic, social and political participation.
It is about systems of food production and distribution as much as farming techniques.
It is about actions taken in the developed world as much as about issues experienced in the developing world.
'Food sovereignty' is a concept we use to ensure that our work covers these wider issues that impact on people's food security.
Food sovereignty covers both the right to food and the right of people
and communities to have a say in the sources of their food.
It's not just about having enough food, it's also about access resources
such as land, water, seeds and biodiversity, as well as having a voice in the food economy.
Supporting food sovereignty doesn’t just mean standing up for a community’s right to food,
but also their right to participate in and control their food production.
What can you do to help improve food sovereignty? Find out and take action »
Strawman Farm believes that food is a basic human right.
We work in partnership with communities to promote their food sovereignty.
Our approach draws upon several principles of teaching
including human dignity, solidarity, partnership, the common good, and stewardship of the world's resources.
With our partners, we work to ensure that farmers, families and communities are at the center of the decision-making process.
Our long-term programs focus on strategies that promote good nutrition, community control, and safeguarding the environment.
Strategies might include training in farming skills, improving crop management and crop productivity,
increasing access to local markets, improving seed selection for different soil types, improving irrigation,
and helping communities promote natural fertilizers.
The objective of this project is to establish Vertical indoor farms for food security / education & training center producing high-quality fresh produces for the local, national and international markets year round.
Community gardens are thriving. Food poverty, pressures on food banks and long allotment waiting lists have led to a growing trend in community gardening. These gardens provide a great place for the community to come together, to share and learn new skills, whilst growing fresh local produce. The gardens also provide a multitude of therapeutic and well being benefits.
Building sustainable food production systems in every community
Our new innovative, transformative and liberating approach is the driving force for our Food Mindfulness Movement.
Building a community of Mindful growers and consumers.
Strawman Farm has been working in the indoor vertical year round growing systems for several years.
Year round we will grow spinach, kale, tomatoes lettuce and of coarse strawberries.
All year we expect to get fresh vegetables every day. “If you want something fresh, you’ve got to grow it yourself.”
With many volunteer positions available at Strawman farm community greenhouse
we hope to see groups from the elders center's, youth community groups and the schools.
We want potential gardeners, teachers, after-school environmental clubs,
students who love gardening and students who have never seen a garden.
“We think it’s a great idea.” and something needed in every community.
The community greenhouse's would concentrate on fast-growing plants,
such as climbing peas, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries , blueberries and much more.
Vegetables are really the focus, but we know there are endless opportunities,
Including value adding to our products in our certified Government inspected commercial kitchen.
“We hope it will be a place where people will want to come and hang out, to stop and smell the flowers, so to speak.”
Some of the highlights of our food philosophy are:
Respect for all Life;
Food connects everyone and everything; Real Food is the Real Medicine;
Food Production and Consumption should be Fresh, Lean, and Clean; Balancing between food production and consumption; Zeroing down on all waste and food wastage.
The company is a combination of cutting edge, saving energy, and using efficient food technology in production.
It is committed to the improvement of taste, high quality, and nutritional value of produce.
The company will initially focus on growing strawberries using a world class award winning
vertical hydraulic indoor growing facility.
It will also provide research and training for mindful growers and young agrarian.
This project will be an independent cooperative work of community members and friends who have the passion and extensive knowledge and experience for growing all natural real food free of any contamination. Strawman Farm is continually developing, training, and gaining new skills for its own family members and hired staff about the vertical indoor farming and the market place.
Market and Products: Based on the increasing demand in the market, growing strawberries will be our primary production. Gradually, and on a timely manner we will add a variety of mushrooms, green herbs, and vegetables for the local, national and international markets. Canada consumes far more strawberries than its annual production. The bulk of imports come from California and Florida which provide Canadians with not much of high quality and fresh berries year round. Strawberry growers worldwide fumigate the soil with methyl bromide before planting to control soil-borne insect pests, diseases and weeds. The fumigation is essential to meet the demands for good looking fruit and high yields. However, methyl bromide has proven detrimental to our ozone and in 2005 faced a worldwide ban being completely phased out by end of 2018. It is estimated that banning methyl bromide will cut in half the annual production of field-grown strawberries in California and Florida. For the consumer this will mean an increase in the already astronomical prices for fresh berries out-of-season. Growing strawberries hydroponically eliminates the use of methyl bromide.
Strawman farm goals
No poverty - Zero hunger
- Good health and well-being
- Quality education
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic growth Industry
- innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible consumption and production
- Climate action Life below water & Life on land