FAQ

What is Earthspring Organics?

We are an organic indoor vertical farm that incorporates the use of bioponics to bring fresh organic salad mixes and microgreens to our rocky mountain families and restaurants. We are the first organically certified “vertical container grow farm” in Utah.

 

What is a vertical farm?

Vertical farming is the practice of growing produce in vertically stacked levels. The practice can use bioponics, hydroponic, aeroponic or aquaponic growing methods. Vertical farms to produce food in challenging environments. This farming style helps mountainside towns, deserts and cities grow local fruits and vegetables. By growing vertically, we reduce our footprint on the environment by utilizing up to 16x less square footage than traditional farming.

 

What is bioponics?

It is a combination of organic and hydroponic growing methods. It incorporates a living soil system within a controlled environment. This allows for the ability to grow organics with the vertical commercial farm.

 

What exactly are Microgreens?

Microgreens are considered superfoods that are concentrated nutrients [citation]. They are young vegetable greens that are harvested between 7 and 14 days. Because the plant is harvested before all the nutrients contained in the seed are used to fuel the growth, microgreens have condensed nutritional values of their mature counterpart.

 

How are Microgreens used?

Microgreens can be used almost any way that a person’s imagination can create.  Salads, toppings for meat or vegetables, pasta, smoothies, drinks, stir fry and steaming.  Dozens of different types of vegetables can be planted to produce microgreens, with a range of tastes—mellow, spicy, tangy, earthy, nutty, crisp, and sweet. Their taste is very similar to their full-grown plants.

 

What are the health benefits of microgreens?

Although the research is new and limited, Microgreen health benefits are likely greater than fully-grown vegetables. According to Carolyn Weber, “Microgreens may have 4-40 times the amount of some nutrients and vitamins as the vegetables a mature plant would produce.”[citation] For example, a 1 oz serving of microgreen broccoli could be similar in nutritional value to a 40 oz serving of broccoli crown.

 

Does Earthspring Organics sell directly to consumers?

We do not sell directly to our customers, rather, we sell to distributors who help us get them to local supermarkets. We have chosen this model so we can focus on doing what we do best, making delicious and healthy salads and microgreens. You can find our products around Utah and neighboring states at most of the local markets, through companies like Rosehill Dairy, and the finer restaurants.

 

What does it mean to be organic?

  • Be free of synthetic additives such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes.
  • Must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering (GMO). [1]

 

What does it mean to be a member of Utah’s Own?

  • Your company produces food and/or beverage products for human consumption.
  • Your company has a valid business license in the state of Utah.
  • Your company is registered with the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food Regulatory Department. [2]

 

Why should I buy local?

Reasons you should buy local.

  • You conserve energy and resources, such as less fuel for transportation and less packaging
  • You embrace the character of our community.
  • Creates local jobs.
  • You keep your tax dollars here.
  • You encourage marketplace diversity. A wider array of choices keeps prices lower in the long term.
  • You keep the American dream alive.

 

What does it mean to be a member of Local First Utah?

  • Your business headquarters are in Utah.
  • Your business makes decisions locally and independently about marketing, purchasing, and distribution.
  • Your business is at least 51% owned by Utah residents.
  • You have an active business license registered in Utah. [3]

 

Why are you a member/vendor of the Utah State Restaurant Association?

As a member, we are proud to support the URA, which serves Utah's Restaurant Industry through education, advocacy, community, and promotion. As a vendor, we have the ability to get our salads and greens on the tables of your favorite local restaurants, ensuring you the freshest of ingredients. [4] 

 

References

 

  1. United States Department of Agriculture. Organic Regulations. n.d. 24 January 2018.
  2. https://www.utahsown.org/become-a-member
  3. https://localfirst.org/think-local
  4. https://utahrestaurantassociation.org/