US (TX): Aiming for a vertical revolution in farming

Eden Green was formed about a year ago in Dallas, but its roots stretch back to several years ago in South Africa. According to a brief introductory speech by co-chairman Jaco Booyens (a South Africa native who has lived in Dallas for several years), it began with the vision of two brothers, Jacques and Eugene Van Buuren, from South Africa.

The brothers had rented a bounce house and brought it to an orphanage in their home country. They were handing out candy to children and they noticed that one little boy kept coming back for candy, but instead of eating it, he would stuff it in his pockets.

One of the brothers asked the little boy why he wasn't eating the sweets immediately. "He said, 'It's not my day to eat,'" Booyens said, relating the tale. "And he explained to Jacques and Eugene that it was his 3-year-old sister's day to eat. So while he was ... at the jumping castle, having fun, he was going to take that candy back to the rural village to feed his sister."

Believing that no one should go hungry, the brothers were inspired to come up with a way of producing nutrient-rich food that was quickly accessible to everyone. They spent at least eight years developing a vertical-farm technology.

Read more at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Rodger Mallison)

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