Green Lodging News has posted many articles detailing instances of food grown on-site at a hotel. It is becoming more common all the time. Growing food using a traditional garden-like method is most common, but our industry is starting to see more and more instances of food grown using other methods—hydroponics, for example. I wrote about the The Grow House (a.k.a. CropBox) at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples a couple of years ago.
One company trying to make headway in the United States currently with its unique system is Eco Convergence Group Inc. The company, with offices in Orlando, Fla., says it makes growing vegetables, herbs and fruit easy—whether on-site, off-site or in a mobile container. Atriums and rooftops are ideal hotel or resort targets. I am aware of at least one company seriously considering an Eco Convergence Group system for a hotel rooftop—a great way to reduce the environmental impact of food procurement. Details on how an Eco Convergence Group installation works are a bit sketchy but according to the company’s website, “The HyCube maintains a highly controlled micro-environment optimized for each variety of vegetables grown. Parameters are tightly set to accelerate crop cycles, and we purify and decontaminate the air and water using multiple levels of filtration. Our growing methods do not require any pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, hormones, or antibiotics. We are using organic nutrients and organic growing methods. We do not use GMOs.”
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