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[EATYALL Podcast #37] Chef Eric Rivera Talks Farming Fresh Produce at Scale — in a Shipping Container

Jan 30, 2021 |

Fresh Produce is being Sweet Grown in Montgomery, Alabama.

How surprised would you be to learn about a back parking lot transformed into an indoor farm? Executive Chef Eric Rivera of the Vintage Cafe, Montgomery, Alabama, joins us on Episode 37 of the EATYALL Podcast to detail the incredible achievement they’ve made redesigning and revitalizing their back parking lot into a hydroponic container farm with a system sold by Freight Farms.

By layering in different climate and lighting controls in an indoor environment, it enables plants and crops to grow anytime and anywhere in the world. Listen in for some fantastic tips and strategies to harvesting crops and plants internally, turning your craziest dreams into reality and producing fresh ready to eat food anywhere. 

This episode of the EATYALL Podcast has been sponsored by Sweet Grown Alabama, a non-profit organization that enhances Alabama farmers’ marketing opportunities by connecting retailers, restaurants & consumers to Alabama-grown foods. 

Sneak Peek into this episode:

  • Eric and his restaurant team runs the gamut and changes their menu with the seasons. [01:44]
  • How did they manage to transform a bank into a cafe? [03:23]
  • Learn about the hydroponic container farming method from Freight Farms [04:32]
  • Eric talks about harvesting the root system. [08:58]
  • Bibb lettuce seeds can be harvested after five weeks and stored for several weeks after that. [11:27]
  • How they turned their crazy farming idea into reality! [15:18] 
  • Eric shares his first food memory. [20:21]
  • In the shipping container they have, it’s all LED lights. These plants can only absorb the red light and blue light. [17:55 ]
  • Join Andy and Eric for EATYALL’s infamous Lightning Round! [20:21]

Connect with our guests and partners: 

Chef Eric Rivera- https://www.ericriveracooks.com/

Freight Farms – https://www.freightfarms.com/

Vintage Cafe – https://www.vintagecafemgm.com/about

Vintage Year – https://www.vymgm.com/

Sweet Grown Alabama- https://www.sweetgrownalabama.org/

The EATYALL Podcast is hosted by Andy Chapman, CEO and founder of EATYALL. EATYALL does chef outreach that works for farmers, so that food farmers and producers can achieve generational sustainability, chefs can serve award-winning food and consumers can access healthier food options.

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