I was privileged to grow up in a family in Woodbridge, Virginia, where healthy food was always available. As an adult living in New York City, I realized that working families often had little choice but to feed their kids high-calorie, low-nutrition fast food or the overpriced processed foods that are often the only options in food deserts, leading to our current health epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Why is healthy, fresh food so difficult to get in urban areas? It is often cheaper and more profitable for farmers to produce chemically grown food that has to be shipped sometimes thousands of miles than for local farms to supply organic food to surrounding urban areas.
As I began to understand the issues, I realized that if we could just scale up farm production surrounding urban centers, we could deliver fresh, organic produce at far lower rates, in turn reducing carbon emissions created by unnecessary “food miles.” This led me to study hydroponic farming, and eventually to starting Re-Nuble.
I founded Re-Nuble to support development of a closed-loop agriculture system that transforms the way we grow and distribute food. My vision is a nation built on healthy farms, healthy communities and healthy families.