2Gether We Eat is a community based 501(c)3 youth hydroponic farming program. This organization provides food, education, training, and employment using Hydroponics to help fight the food crisis in food deserts across our communities. We donate 100% of all our fruits and vegetables into the community through food banks and nonprofit organizations. In addition to these partnerships we work with academic institutions and municipalities as well.
WHO IS 2GETHER WE EAT?
We teach hydroponics and use green energy as tool to provide healthy eating and to preserve natural resources.
- We are a youth farming program that targets food deserts in the community. We use farming to feed, train and employ the youth in the community to provide and donate the fruits and vegetables to our youth, local food banks and community.
- As the demand for food grows because there are more people to feed, amount of land available to grow our food will decrease as more of that land is used for housing and industry. Farmers are faced with the challenge of finding a way to grow a larger harvest on less land. Hydroponic farms are being explored as a possible solution to this problem.
- Using hydroponics, we can yield fruits and vegetable at a faster rate and year-round, which will allow us to feed more people in the community and in all, fight the war on hunger.
WHAT IS HYDROPONIC FARMING?
For example: Hanging gardens of Babylon, floating gardens of Aztecs of Mexico and so many more
- Hydroponic means “working water” (hydro means water and ponos means labor). Many different civilizations have utilized hydroponic growing techniques throughout history.
- Later in the century, hydroponics was integrated into space program. As NASA considered the practicalities of locating a society on another planet or the Earth’s moon, hydroponic easily fit into their sustainability plans.
- Hydroponics is the art of gardening without soil. It provides complete nutrient balance and saves water.
- They can be used in locations where quality soil is not available. From concrete paved urban areas to sand-covered deserts, hydroponic farms create growing space in hospitable environments.
BENEFITS OF HYDROPONIC FARMING
The ability to produce higher yields than traditional, soil-based agriculture
- Allowing food to be grown and consumed in areas of the world that cannot support crops in the soil.
- Eliminating the need for massive pesticide use (considering the most pests live in the soil), effectively making our air, water. Soil, and food cleaner.
- They are free from seasonal constraints. Systems can be set up outdoors or indoors.
- They can be designed to conserve water. Excess water can be recaptured and reused, allowing for a more efficient use of this precious resource. In most cases, hydroponically grown crops require less.