The Farm at Lotus Village embodies true innovation by combining the cutting-edge, burgeoning technology of hydroponic growing, via the Greenery™ (2019, Freight Farms, Inc.), with trauma-informed, educational programming for children and paid work-training for youth and adults living at Lotus House.
The Farm affords a transparent, easy-to-understand lens into the seed-to-harvest lifecycle to serve as a vehicle for true farm-to-table nutrition while nurturing the next generation of farmers through therapeutic, enriching, hands-on work. Farm participants learn the basics of hydroponic gardening including harvesting, transplanting, seeding, food safety, maintenance and crop care, then deliver the 100% organic produce at peak freshness less than 100 yards away to our Culinary Center, where it is served in the daily salad bar at lunch and dinner and enjoyed by our 450+ guests. The Farm maximizes sustainability with automated software, LED lights and climate controls for a consistent harvest 365 days a year, and a closed-loop irrigation system using 95% less water than traditional agriculture.
Since the launch of our Farm in July 2019, we have grown thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables including a variety of lettuces; small root vegetables like radish and carrots; plentiful herbs like basil, parsley, dill, cilantro and sage; edible flowers like calendula and violas; and specialty greens like bok choy, sorrel and arugula. In addition to the Greenery, our Farm program includes our outdoor rooftop garden with soil-based seasonal crops where children can plant and play amidst the downtown Miami skyline. Everything grown in our garden spaces stays onsite for use in the Culinary Center and weekly cooking classes during the after-school program.