Why Urban Gardening is the New Hot Bed for Investors
Many studies say that a lot of produce and food is wasted on the way to people’s tables. In fact, a lot of people say that up to 20 to 30% of food is wasted during the transportation of that food to people’s tables. A lot of waste is happening just because of the distance between the farmer and the consumer. You are not just losing food but you are also losing the potency of the food because of the amount of time that is used to transport the goods to the grocer and then to your plate. The food might not even be coming from US farmers as well. The Natural Defense Resource Council says that people in the US eat food from five different foreign countries every time they have a meal. You can imagine the amount of waste that is created from the byproducts of gas being spent and also the amount of food potency wasted transporting food to a whole different country. You might start getting the sense of what the problem is and why people are starting to look to indoor gardening. Many people now believe that indoor gardening is the future of farming.
The Opportunity Gap
What does any of this mean for you? It means that there is a massive opportunity to step into right now. There is more demand than there are suppliers right now. Multiple people in the indoor gardening space are not really making produce at this moment. They are growing alternative products and there is nothing wrong with that but the investment money is not there right now. Investors are looking at indoor farming methods as a way to feed many people over time even though they may not have the best place to grow in their area. For example, the UAE is in an area known mostly for deserts. The last thing you would think that they would be able to do is to grow tomatoes. However, because of this emerging technology they have been able to do it. It has caught the eyes of many investors around the world who now believe that indoor gardening may help solve the food shortage problem we are about to encounter.
The truth is that there are 9 billion people on the planet and we are using up resources. We are growing the population while not replacing or reusing the resources we already have in our hands. What that means is that we are running out of natural resources that we can use to feed people. Technologies like hydroponic and aquaponic growing methods are going to become more necessary in the future.
There is a supply and demand opportunity gap that you can fill. Right now, the demand is high but the supply is low for indoor gardeners. The nice thing is that, because the industry is in its infancy right now, you can still build up the knowledge you need to make a splash in the industry and get the attention of investors. Obviously, it would be better if you already knew how to contact these investors or if you have someone on your team who already knows how to contact them. You are no different than any start-up urban gardener right now no matter which of those two cases you find yourself. You can learn what you need to learn right now. You can show that you know how to grow things and that experience will show an investor you are competent. Once you figure out how to contact them or they take notice of you then you will be a strong candidate for an investment they want to make.
Sooner or later, you will grow beyond a small operation. Once you do that, you are going to need to look for products that will allow you to scale up. You are going to have to look at growing in pallet racks with grow trays to maximize your profitability. In fact, you will, literally, be scaling up. You will find, in the future, that vertical farming is the best way to get the maximum amount of money in the shortest amount of time possible. You will be doing it with limited space as well which helps keep your overhead low. It is this kind of efficiency that investors want to see built into their investments. It will make you look smart and possibly smarter than your competition who are also competing for that investment money.
If you are looking to get into this business then you might as well start looking towards the future. Looking at mobile grow racks and pallet rack made to grow produce is smart. You want to draw up a business plan because that makes you look good in the eyes of investors. The truth is that most people do not want to take a risk. If you are smart about looking like you are capable of minimizing risk then you are more likely to get the money in the future. You may even be able to convince them, right then and there, to give you capital to start your business. Either way, the time to get into the business is now.
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