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Green leafy vegetables (primarily lettuce and bok choi), tomatoes, kale, citrus
Ruth Arnett-Jordan of Paradise Found Vermiponic Farm is more than just a farmer; she is a visionary with a goal of changing the entire food system. Ruth, originally from England, grew up with vegetable plots and fruit trees in the garden. Ruth wasn’t always an avid gardener, however, she spent a lot of time watching her parents and it must have rubbed off.
Since founding her company, Renaissance Solutionz, in 2017, Ruth has been creating meaningful connections throughout her community in order to create a closed loop, local system which supports the building of healthy communities and the regeneration of the environment.
Ruth focuses primarily on vermiponics, a type of hydroponic system that diverts organic waste streams from kitchens and gardens to the farm’s sole employees – worms! Housed in a tower of stainless steel drawers, the worms eat the waste and, with the addition of water, create a nutrient dense “tea” which gets pumped into the growing channels to feed the plants.
Ruth grows many different varieties of heirloom lettuce, bok choi and broccoli using the vermiponic system. In ground crops include kale and tomatoes. Ruth really enjoys giving tours of the farm and educating people about how they can use vermiponics to grow their own delicious, nutrient dense food. Paradise Found teamed up with Dark Nectar Coop – a San Diego business - to design a mobile farm called the PUFFY (Pop Up Urban Farm for You). PUFFY can be used to bring produce anywhere, from food deserts to farmers markets. With both systems being available to purchase, Paradise Found and Dark Nectar are leading the way to make affordable, hyper-local food available to the entire region.