Starting by asking the question; Where does this food come from? How far away did it come from? What chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides were sprayed on this? If it’s meat, how were the animals treated? How do you really know?
You meet and get to know your local farmer or you grow your own.
Well, Jeffrey likes to build stuff and he didn’t know any farmers, so… He started with a couple raised beds and after hours of shoveling dirt and transplanting plants from a box store he watched everything shrivel up and die in the brutal Texas sun. He knew there must be a better way to garden and grow food. On his birthday that year when Lee gave him an Aerogarden unit (counter-top hydroponics). Jeffrey inserted a seed pod, some pre-measured solution, flipped on the lights and a month later he was in love. Until he realized you really cant grow much in it, like a salad for two every 8 weeks… Then Jeff turned to Youtube for answers, 4,000 hours of videos later he knew Aquaponics was the future of urban greens and herbs production.
Within six months the Bednar’s searched and found their dream property in exemplary Lovejoy school district in Lucas just one mile from their house. With 2.67 acres, 17,000sqft of dilapidated greenhouses, an 800sqft barndominium, and an overgrown peach orchard the Bednar family had plenty of room to grow. The previous owners were incredibly generous and agreed to help finance after Jeff and Lee after they shared that they wanted to convert the greenhouses to Aquaponics and change the world. The previous owners had built the greenhouses to supply Orchids to their since sold award winning Dallas flower shop.
After finding the property, Jeff promptly sold his 1/2 of a real estate investing companies and investing academy training programs to be a stay at home dad, upstart farmer, and educator. The first year was a emotionally trying; transitions to new schools, stress from downsizing from 3600sqft to 800sqft of living space, costly repairs to greenhouses, the loss of a family dog to a gate left open, loss of chickens to hawks and loss of 100’s of fish in the learning process.
As of October 2015 the restoration of the smaller of the greenhouses was nearly complete and a “backyard aquaponics system” had been running for awhile. Jeff and one of his good friends and mentors, Jay Lamb, constructed two complete “Aquaponics pilot systems” in early 2016. These systems were designed to mimic the larger commercial system to be built. This pilot project was crucial for Profound Microfarms, learning how to deal with insect pests, extreme heat, hail, pumps, water-flow, testing levels and the Aquaponic ecosystem. There’s a lot to learn about farming and living more sustainable.
With so many things in life, education is key. Jeff and Lee’s vision in creating Profound Microfarms was to develop a platform to launch projects that make a positive impact in the world. They are committed to ongoing growth and development and are intensely interested in teaching kids (as well as adults) to be curious about their food and where it comes from. We Grow Gardeners.