Anyone can be a farmer

Imagine the possibilities with indoor vertical hydroponic farming. Growing indoors, hydroponically,  you will unleash the power of fresh food production and provide access to sustainable, healthy food. Educators, nonprofits leaders, food service professionals, chefs, entrepreneurs, healthcare providers, and more are discovering the power of fresh food and making it accessible to their communities. Together, they are an empowered community of advocate growers.

Fork Farms indoor, vertical hydroponic technology makes growing simple, efficient, and engaging. The Flex Farm fits just about anywhere indoors, requiring only 10-sq. ft. of space (approximately the size of a standard refrigerator). The modular design of our technology gives you the flexibility to grow with a single unit or scale to a larger farming operation with multiple systems. Each farm placement is customized to the partner’s unique environment and program needs.

Ready to grow and connect with fresh food like never before?

Our team is here to make your vision a reality and will help you in dreaming the possibilities.

Single system farming opportunities

Fork Farms growers are using indoor hydroponic technology to transform the way they connect with and grow fresh food. Whether it is in a classroom, home  or a community setting, learning and growing opportunities are endless.

Nonprofit organizations are growing fresh food indoors, year-round to bring a sustainable supply of fresh food to underserved communities and food deserts across the country. Food pantries and community meal programs are growing, harvesting, and distributing fresh foods that are often hard to find due to cost, location, and seasonality. Growing hydroponically is a powerful teaching tool. Instructors in classrooms and community centers engage young minds in the process of growing their own fresh food. Kids learn about STEM, nutrition, and how to be a sustainable global citizen through hands-on learning. Growing fresh food provides an unique experience unlike any other and empowers them to think creatively about engaging with their communities and global food system.

Where people are growing
  • Learning Environments – K-12 classrooms and afterschool programs, university classrooms
  • Local Nonprofit Organizations – food pantries, afterschool programs, clubs, homeless shelters, domestic abuse shelters, etc.
  • Dining – restaurants, private club dining
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Private Homes
  • Corporate

Single system farming case studies

Brecknock Elementary
Goodrich Elementary
Apple Creek YMCA

Multiple systems farming opportunities

School districts, food service providers and healthcare systems alike are increasing their community impact and farming production by implementing programs with multiple indoor hydroponic systems. These partners utilize indoor growing as an innovative model to attract interest in their food service programs, to demonstrate their commitment to healthy menus, nutritional education and community health, and sustainability initiatives. Fork Farms partners have used fresh food grown in meal food programs, to support local food pantries, to build micro-enterprises and more.

Indoor hydroponic growing makes growing fresh food and education possible anytime of year since it is not impacted by outdoor weather conditions. This makes it perfect for organizations in cold weather climates or those that do not have the space to grow outdoors. Schools and organizations alike utilize the robust learning resources to provide continuous, and scalable cross-curricular learning opportunities for all ages.

Where people are growing
  • Learning Environments – K-12 schools and afterschool programs, universities
  • Food Service Providers – K-12 school districts, university cafeterias, corporate dining
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Healthcare Systems – county-wide health initiatives

Multiple systems farming case studies

Menasha Joint School

Enterprise and commercial farming opportunities

Fork Farms growers engage in enterprise and larger scale farming to maximize their growing production and engagement opportunities. Large scale farming operations are found in all urban, suburban and rural settings, wherever there is an availability of indoor space.

These types of enterprises are great mechanisms to combat food insecurity in food deserts in large urban or rural areas. Growing operations exist as standalone entities or are used to support the activities of existing enterprises, such food banks or district food service providers. Beyond sustainable fresh food production, these types of operations provide the opportunity for community engagement, job and skill training, educational opportunities, supporting the local economy and more.

Where people are growing
  • School Districts – across multiple schools and classrooms
  • Farm Enterprises – for profit businesses, not-for-profit organizations
  • Food Service Providers – K-12 school district, university cafeterias
  • Regional and National Nonprofit Organizations  – food banks, networks of pantries
  • Healthcare Systems – state and national wide health initiatives

Enterprise and commercial farming case studies

Marshfield Clinic Rush County Initiative

Ready to grow and connect with fresh food like never before?

Our team is here to make your vision a reality and will help you in dreaming the possibilities.

What Fork Farmers are saying

“As a former science teacher and current curriculum resource for our district, I want to compliment Fork Farms on the high quality of the Flex Farm. The ease of use of the components and well-thought-out design make it very usable in the classroom. Having the curriculum materials available allows teachers to incorporate this wonderful resource into their teaching as part of the core instruction and not just a stand-alone project.”

Dr. Georgia Kraus, District Curriculum Coordinator

“This was such an authentic project-based learning experience for the kids. For them to be able to grow produce and brainstorm what we could do with that produce to make a difference in our world was really powerful.”

Rachel Sebastian,  Innovation Teacher

“I love the idea of students being able to garden year-round and not be limited by the winter weather. As an educator, I knew students would see the Flex Farm and they would be automatically drawn to it. Having this system allows them to see their progress throughout a growing cycle. It’s amazing how chemistry is involved, checking the pH level and nutrient level on a daily basis. When kids notice something is going wrong or if there is an issue, I let them figure it out. It’s really fun to watch them see success and use their problem-solving skills.”

Emily Bennett, High School Teacher

“Our school is heavy into service-learning. We had the kids brainstorm about what they believed was an issue the community faces. They suggested hunger. We engaged with a local pantry and the kids grew fresh lettuce to be donated. It was an amazing opportunity because it encouraged students to think about how they could improve their community and gave them the ability to take action themselves.”

Cassandra Graff, Teacher

“We are very pleased with our Flex Farm and appreciate the support you have provided. We have nibbled on a few leaves and are looking forward to salads, herbs and greens with every meal. Friends and family are anxiously awaiting the first harvest! Our hope is to fulfill family and friend needs and reach out to local food pantries and homeless shelters.”

Katie and Mark, Home Users – Green Bay, WI

“The Flex Farm is revolutionary for education because it allows students and teachers to use it as a flexible, hands-on and interdisciplinary tool for teaching that goes beyond traditional ‘sit and get’ teaching methods.”

Wendell Willis, Former Chief Operations Officer

“The Fork Farm system is innovative because it simplifies the hydroponic approach, minimizes the footprint necessary, and has an integrated lighting system. Support for running the system is great, and the staff are always willing to answer questions and stop by to help. Now, we are able to teach everything from the nitrogen cycle to the life cycle of plants to the benefits of healthy eating with one system. Students are engaged with the system at every stage of the process, from seeding to harvesting, to packaging and selling. This is a great addition to any classroom and school.”

Jason Stellmacher, High School Science Teacher