This Startup Supplies Alaskans with Fresh Produce Year-Round

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jan 19, 2016
References: aknaturalorganics & fastcoexist
'Alaska Natural Organics' is a vertical farming operation that supplies Alaskans with fresh produce year-round. While vegetables are regularly shipped into Alaska, transportation takes it toll on the quality of the produce received. Alaska Natural Organics is trying to combat this problem by making it easier to grow food in the state's cold climate.

Alaska Natural Organics is an indoor farming operation run by Jason Smith. The farm is housed inside a former warehouse that is equipped with rows of LED lights. These lights help to grow organic vegetables such as butter lettuce and basil during the winter months. As a result, the vertical farming operation helps to improve the local produce supply while also offering a more sustainable alternative to importing.

In a state where 85 percent of people eat less than two servings of vegetables per day, access to fresh produce year-round could help to drastically improve consumer health.