Josh Smith’s Vision: Affordable Organic Produce

Will the future of food literally be seen through rose-colored glass? Josh Smith of Modular Greenhouses in Reno, NV thinks so.

According to a team of researchers at the University of California – Santa Cruz, using magenta luminescent dye on the roofs of greenhouses can help generate solar electricity and, in turn, control greenhouse temperatures. How does it work? The pink dye captures both blue and green light wavelengths from penetrating the greenhouse and transfers them to energy that can then be converted to electricity.

Greenhouse installation options may be made much more viable in the future if this technology pans out, as it essentially takes greenhouse lighting and temperature control off the grid. Led by Josh Smith in Reno, NV, the team at Modular Greenhouses will transform surrounding Washoe County in the next 3 years, ensuring every public school has a greenhouse and gardening program. Imagine the impact that these greenhouses might have on rural communities throughout America’s countryside!

Smith’s mission was initially inspired by the desire to celebrate the traditions of food, and he set out to design a method that would enable families to gather fresh, nutritious and organic foods from their own backyards. Modular Greenhouses was sprouted in Reno, NV, and offers a cost-effective, durable and easy to build solution that was otherwise missing from the marketplace. The pre-fab greenhouses are fully customizable if needed and are offered in a range of sizes to fit any garden plot.

Today, over 9 million acres of greenhouse space is used to grow food, but that acreage only constitutes about 1.5% of all US production of fresh produce. As more families choose organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and as more farms choose to move to a year-round growing season, future demand for greenhouses is blossoming. In fact, Josh Smith and his team in Reno are planting seeds to ensure that every primary and secondary school in America has a gardening program in place by the year 2025.

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