Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota Urban Farming’

November 13, 2013 Garden Fresh Farms is a finalist in the Tekne Awards. Winners announced Thursday at the event. Wish us luck!

November 12, 2014  Dave & DJ will be presenting at the Social Impact event

November 8, 2014  Dave was a speaker at the Net Impact Conference on a panel with General Mills and Walmart executives.

October 2014   Dave will be speaking this year at Net Impact at 10 am on Nov. 8th #NI14 – a popular #sustainability conference from @netimpact! Join me & 2,700 others. Registration is now open, so get your tickets and join me! http://bit.ly/1nNUfn0

October 3, 2014  Dave and Peter will be at the Midwest CleanTech Open Oct. 27 & 28 in Minneapolis. Stop by and see us.

Sept. 17, 2014  Dave will be webinar guest lecturer on Nourish the Planet

Aug 24, 2014 Dave and Jeff will be at the MN Grown booth today. Check out our CSA website at  http://www.GardenFreshFarms.org

June 13, 2014  Check out this video that just ran on Public Television   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK9mYioRiSg

June 12, 2014  We were honored with an EUREKA Award tonight.

May 29, 2014   Looking to hire a farm hand for the St Paul Midway farm. FT position harvesting, seeding, and packing fresh farm products all year. Send resume to djroeser@gardenfreshfarms.com

May 5, 2014   Business Journal names winners of first Eureka! Awards for innovation. Garden Fresh Farms is honored. Read about it at:

April 27, 2014  We are looking for larger offices that would like to increase access to healthy food by hosting a CSA pick up stop. We would deliver one day a week to your office, a real convenience and benefit to all employees. If you are interested, contact Jeff at jreinert@gardenfreshfarms.com to find our how to get started.

April 23, 2014  Sustainable St Paul 2014 Award winner: Garden Fresh Farms for Green Products


April 22, 2014    Study predicts lettuce prices to jump 25%. Watch New York Times report.

April 10th, 2014 We were awarded the Progress Minnesota Award ProgressMinnesotaAward

Apr 24, 2014  We will be featured on Successful Farming Radio Magazine. Listen here: http://www.northshoreproductions.com/Audio/sfrm4779-042414.mp3

Apr 12th, 2014 Williams-Sonoma Rosedale will demonstrate Easter Salads & Greens Saturday, April 12th 12-3pm Featuring Garden Fresh Farms. CSA sign up too!

Feb. 18, 2014    We will be on Twin Cities Live at 3 pm today on Channel 5, KSTP. Here is a link to the segment of the show. http://twincitieslive.com/article/12500/?vid=4943440

Feb. 16th 2014  We will be presenting at the Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick Off Event on Wednesday Feb. 18, 2014. Here is a link to registration if you wish to attend. www.mnentrepreneurs.org.

Feb. 14, 2014  We were selected as a Progress Minnesota Honoree, see link:

Feb. 6, 2014    We were selected as a recipient of Finance & Commerce “Progress Minnesota” award!  Garden Fresh Farms will be honored at an awards reception on April 10th and profiled in a special publication in Finance & Commerce on April 11th.

“Progress Minnesota” is an acknowledgement of the individuals, companies and associations that are driving business, industrial growth and development in the Twin Cities and the State of Minnesota.

Jan. 4th, 2014  Garden Fresh Farms will be presenting taste testing at the Whole Foods Market store on Hennepin Ave. in downtown Minneapolis, MN

Dec. 29, 2013     Dave from Garden Fresh Farms will be a guest on the Greater MSP Business television program on Jan. 5, 2014.  The 30-minute program, hosted by Cyndy Brucato, will air  Sunday on KSTP (Channel 5), highlighting stories of our region’s businesses and business leaders, and the meaningful impact they are making on our economy and quality of life. This week’s show at 10:30 a.m.  Link to Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQLVHGH07qE&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL6njOThqbIox9OIN_PNyGLkHrN8Xd3Uud

Dec. 28, 2013  Dave will be a guest on AM950 Food Freedom Radio hosted by Karen Olson Johnson and Laura Hedlund, Saturday January 4th at 8 am to discuss the award winning Garden Fresh Farms.

Dec. 8, 2013   We were featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune today; http://www.startribune.com/business/234810441.html

Nov. 25, 2013      Dave Roeser will be a guest speaker at: The Minneapolis Spring Home & Garden Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, Garden Theater Stage Room 103, Thursday 7pm, Feb 27, 2014.  Garden Fresh Farms: Grow Local & Thrive; Sustainable Agriculture for the Future!

Nov 23, 2013       WE WON!!!!  Garden Fresh Farms wins the National Sustainability Award at the CleanTech Open Global Forum    in San Jose, CaOscar2013CTO

Nov 18, 2013       St. Paul Farm comes alive! This past weekend we moved fish and seedlings to our new investor owned expansion farm in the Midway area of St. Paul

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Welcome to Garden Fresh Farms

Websters definition of ORGANIC: relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)  information, locations, local stores, recipes and CSA sign up forms go to http://www.gardenfreshfarms.org

We “GROW” local farms with our patent pending indoor agriculture systems. We are working with accredited investors to “Grow” a farm in your hometown.

GFF_Dave_Lettuce2Dave Roeser

Click on the Farm Ownership tab at the top to bring our award winning farm to your neighborhood

Apple didn’t invent the MP3 player, the LCD screen, thin batteries, or the internet, but they pulled all those technologies together in a way that worked together like never before. That is what we have done with Aquaponics.

Started in 2010, Garden Fresh Farms has made steady progress developing indoor warehouse urban farming agricultural systems. Two methods have been developed and we have been selling produce and fish to the local market.

Our indoor warehouse systems use artificial light and are immune to droughts and other weather conditions effecting traditional agriculture. Our methods are financially sustainable and solve the problems usually created by traditional agriculture.

We pioneered growing produce in a dense and efficiency manner. Our growing systems use land 100 times more efficiently than traditional farming. This allows for indoor growing year round with less water, energy efficiencies , reduced waste and low transportation costs.

We have tested our systems, proved sustainability, developed value added products and forged customers with nationwide demand. Systems can be Aquaponic or Hydroponic with worldwide application. Systems can also be an add-on revenue channel for traditional farming.

We have started our next phase with the roll out of Garden Fresh Farms – St. Paul and plan to grow into additional cities as a total solution for investors looking to capitalize from the current trends in Local ,Natural, Green, access to healthy food and sustainable agriculture.

We also are willing to partner with investors in other cities as part of our commitment to sustainable urban farming and accelerate the process.  A partnership with Garden Fresh Farms would provide state of the art equipment, consulting, aid in installation, ongoing support, provide access to new process equipment as developed, co-pack agreements for value added products and to ensure a successful start-up, local fulfillment of customer contracts. Farms are a substantial investment and ownership is only open to accredited investors.

Contact Dave Roeser;  droeser@gardenfreshfarms.com

The Lettuce Factory

Small size: 10 X 120 ftThe Lettuce Factory

Production: 1,000 heads

lettuce/day 5 days/wk

Crops: Leaf & Bibb Lettuce,

Upland Cress, Oregano, Asian Greens

and many others

Modular: Just add another section


Orbiting Garden

Space: 10w X 50l X 10h plus aisles

Production: 800 Basil plants/day

20 Total Cylinders

Flow through watering system

Aquaponic or Hydroponic

Ergonomic harvesting with detachable panels


Go Aquaponic!

Our growing systems can be Aquaponic or Hydroponic. We can help develop the aquaculture portion of any Aquaponic operation. Indoor tanks where the fish waste is turned into fertilizer for the plants is the future of sustainable farming. This makes “farm raised fish” safe for the environment. Your accountant will love it too!

We are currently testing the Fruit Factory to grow fruiting plants like tomatoes indoors.

Tour Schedule:  Sorry, we no longer can give public tours. Thank you for your understanding.

Chosen Ramsey County Family Farm of the Year 2012

Garden Fresh Farms uses Aquaponics technology in an urban setting to grow food products, in a sustainable manner, year round, in very close proximity to where it will be consumed. Aquaponics is the process of raising fish, using fish waste converted with bacteria into nitrogen to fertilize plants hydroponically and returning clean water back to the fish tanks where the cycle repeats itself.

Join the future of farming, year round growing indoors with consistent quality. Our produce is grown and harvested daily in Maplewood, MN and can be picked up at our convenient location at the intersection of Hwy 36 & Hwy 61.

Starting in 2010, we developed special methods, lighting and equipment that allow us to grow all year-long in a controlled warehouse. No droughts, pesticides or harsh chemicals. We use organic methods in growing, but because we are an Aquaponic operation we are not certified organic. Aquaponics is the method of growing hydroponically, where the fish provide the fertilizer instead of artificial fertilizers and chemicals. It is a special partnership between fish and plants that gives our produce its bountiful bouquet and taste. We naturally fortify our water with calcium and iron for improved nutrition.

All our produce is available year round and starting April 1st for our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and RSA (Restaurant Supported Agriculture) subscribers. Variety, not surprises each week helps our subscribers with menu planning with set weekly variety of products. We grow several varieties of leaf lettuce, herbs, sprouts, seasonal berries and mint. We raise rainbow trout and tilapia and harvest them on a regular basis. Your subscription includes fresh artisan breads and other scheduled items. Check our website for the weekly menu.

Access to fresh, natural, locally grown green produce and fresh fish year round, what could be healthier for you and our environment?

What’s next?

We have proven that urban agriculture is sustainable in a warehouse environment. We want to help others reach for their dream and replicate Garden Fresh Farms in large urban areas. Imagine owning your own business that is “green”, natural, local and healthy. In any economy people have to eat and with the rise in gas prices, consumer purchases of locally produced products will increase.

Helping the Urban Farmer: We are making owning an urban farm within reach of the passive investor who believe in the future of indoor agriculture, wants to be part of the growth, but doesn’t want to quite their day job. Under a license agreement with Garden Fresh Farms, we have developed a Limited Partnership structure for farms to be built in your community. We developed a management company to operate the farm and pass on profits to the farm investors. The structure of farm investing, management and distribution under the Garden Fresh Farms name is an effort to help others build local sustainable urban agriculture close to home. Each installation would be scaled to the urban area location population and the “urban farmer’s” financial investment. Design, machinery, installation, commissioning the farm and ongoing support would be covered by an upfront license fee and an ongoing license fee. Locations can be Aquaponic or hydroponic based on level of investment, scale,local expertise or urban farmer’s desire.

See pictures of The Lettuce Factory and the Orbiting Garden under the “Growing Systems” tab.

Contact Dave at droeser@gardenfreshfarms.com for more information. http://www.TheLettuceFactory.com   http://www.OrbitingGarden.com

Our front  yard was planted in 2011 with “permaculture” plants, such as raspberries, cherry trees and mint.

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