Natural Grocers® appear on ‘Good Morning America’ to show FarmBox Foods’ vertical hydroponics in action

Zee also interviewed representatives from two FarmBox Foods customers, Natural Grocers and Centura Health, about their use of vertical hydroponic farms. These systems provide a high domestic source of fresh produce while reducing the environmental impacts and unpredictability associated with conventional farming. The farms are housed within insulated, recycled shipping containers and are equipped with plumbing, electrical and sensors to control the conditions inside.

By growing food on site, companies using FarmBoxes seek to reduce costs of acquiring food, improve access, and eliminate food waste because vegetables reach the plate faster.

Container farms with a controlled climate provide an ideal growing environment for plants and protect them from the effects of weather and climate, including droughts, heat waves and floods.

Natural Grocers grows organic lettuce behind their Green Mountain store in Lakewood, Colorado.just steps out of the display case, and plans to expand the program elsewhere.

“The GardenBox™ offering from Natural Grocers has been a great addition to our Green Mountain store, providing our customers with the finest organic vegetables possible. The folks at FarmBox have been a great team to partner with Natural Grocers because they share the same goal of empowering local communities with access to healthy, affordable foods We look forward to expanding this program to additional stores in the future.” Michael BoardmanGardenBox Manager of Natural Grocery.

ABOUT VITAMIN COTTAGE NATURAL GROCERY

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) is a specialty and expanding retailer of natural and organic groceries, body care products and nutritional supplements. Products sold by Natural Grocers must comply with strict quality guidelines and may not contain artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. The company sells only USDA certified organic, pasture-raised, unbleached, and free-range dairy products. A smaller, flexible store format allows Natural Grocers to offer affordable prices in an easy-to-use, clean, and convenient retail environment. The company also provides free, extensive, science-based nutrition education programs to help customers make healthy, informed nutritional choices. Founded in 1955, the company has 162 stores in 20 states. Visit www.naturalgrocers.com for more information and store locations.

About Farmbox Agthia

FarmBox Foods strives to change the way global farms work by connecting communities to sustainably sourced, locally grown food all year round. They bring food security, safety, and sustainability to communities with their Vertical Hydroponic Farm (VHF) and Gourmet Mushroom Farm (GMF) and have been doing so since 2017. At FarmBox Foods, they are formulating alternatives to centralized food systems with yield, low carbon footprint container farms. Their advanced farm designs simplify operation and maintenance while reducing the risk of foodborne illness. Not only can their farms be equipped with solar technology that allows for off-grid operation, but the innovative hydroponic irrigation system does not contribute to groundwater pollution.

SOURCE Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.

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