John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ visits the Degnan MicroFarm in Los Angeles, California, which is a project of CropSwapLA to share how they are growing food in this residential house using rainwater!
In this episode, you will learn about the Degnan micro-farm, which is one of 3 micro-farms that is run by Crop Swap LA and feeds families within 1 mile of this farm. They use sustainable techniques including using rainwater to grow their crops, and they reuse the water which is a 92% more efficient use of water than growing a lawn.
You will learn how they store rainwater out of plain sight as well as use the rainwater to grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. You will get a full tour of the farm, and see the different styles of farming they do on this small 6,500 square foot lot.
Finally, John will interview Jamiah Hargins, founder and executive director of Crop Swap LA to learn more about his non-profit organization and how they are growing food in the inner-city for the local community in Los Angeles.
After watching this episode, you will learn how a micro-farm grows food with rainwater and distributes it to people within 1 mile.
Jump to the following parts of the Episode:
00:00 Episode Starts
00:16 Don’t Grow a Lawn and Waste Water!
01:26 Degnan Microfarm – Grows food for 45 Families at a residence
03:13 The problem with Industrial Grown Food
05:25 Backyard of Farm
06:15 Where is the 5,000 Gallon Water Tank?
07:26 Do this to prevent water runoff
09:09 Using Teraponics to Grow Food to Minimize Water Loss
09:55 7 Foot Tall Vertical Teraponic Growing System
11:35 Crops being Grown in this Vertical Gardening System
13:49 Using Teraponics for growing trees
14:34 Root Boxes to Grow Root Vegetables
15:35 Okra in Standard Boxes using Teraponics
16:05 Growing Herbs on the Wall Boxes at Sildwalk
18:16 Growing Vertically
18:43 Growing the three sisters
19:06 Water Tank Feeds all the Plants
20:50 Interview with Jamiah Hargins
21:26 Why did you decide to Start Crop Swap LA / Microfarms
22:28 How did you now grow 3 microforms
23:02 How is your farm impacting the community?
23:47 Why is important to grow food for the community?
24:50 Why is it important to grow nutrient-dense food?
26:00 Tell me How you are Sold Out and have a waitlist
27:20 How will your 4th Microfarm benefit the community?
29:00 Is your model profitable? How do keep it funded?
30:20 How can people help you with your mission?
31:37 Are there any final words of wisdom you would like to share with my viewers?
32:14 How can contact CropSwap LA?
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A microfarm in Los Angeles is using rainwater to grow food for local consumption. This initiative is run by Crop Swap LA, a non-profit organization aiming to increase access to fresh, locally grown produce. They prioritize sustainability, using rainwater, solar power, and efficient water management to cultivate their crops.
– ? Microfarm in Los Angeles uses rainwater to grow food for 45 local families through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
– ?️ The farm catches 10,000 gallons of rainwater for irrigation, helping conserve water in a region prone to drought.
– ☀️ Solar power is used to run essential farm equipment.
– ? Food is distributed locally, ensuring fresher and more nutrient-dense produce compared to store-bought options.
– ? The farm also collects unwanted fruit from local neighbors, reducing food waste.
– ? Joining the CSA provides economical access to high-quality, organically grown produce.
– ? The initiative is expanding to involve local high schools and vocational training for youth in farming practices.