September 30, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

FEATURE: Grow Pod Solutions Revolutionizing Local Agriculture

It seems that every day, we read about a new food-borne illness or hear about the latest recall of tainted produce causing parents to panic about what’s actually in our food we feed our children.   Fortunately, families on The West Side have a simple solution that’s closer and simpler than you might think…

Just outside of Los Angeles in Colton CA, the new headquarters is nearly finished for tech company Grow Pod Solutions – a mobile, indoor, organic micro-farming system that grows the highest quality food in a controlled environment, free from contaminants, pathogens and pesticides.

Revolutionizing the farming industry of the 21st century, Grow Pod Solutions not only found a solution for foodborne illnesses like E. coli, but the controlled environment also eradicates the fear of fires, droughts, floods and other natural disasters. 

The founder and owner of the company, Shannon Illingworth, widely considered the Father of Modern Vending, who coined the term “automated retailing”, saw a gap in the agriculture industry after getting E. coli at a restaurant and was passionate to find a solution. After in-depth research and development, he created a system where the origin of food can actually be traced with an app on your phone. The advanced technology allows you to grow your own vegetables, fruits and herbs anytime, anywhere in the world in all environments and climates.

Customized for each individual’s produce needs, Grow Pod Solutions are designed from insulated, food-grade shipping containers that have been modified to provide the optimum controlled environment to grow a wide range of horticultural and agricultural products, providing consumers with a predictable yield harvest after harvest. 

The company now produces these custom containers for restaurants, hotels, farmers, casinos, grocery stores, investors and entrepreneurs throughout North America.

“We offer hydroponic – vertical pod’s, soil based – stacker pod’s and custom based pod’s depending on what you need,” says Illingworth. He also explained how the pod’s can be designed as a show piece for restaurants, hotels, grocery stores or retrofitted to look like part of your home depending on what you are looking for in your business or personal life. 

One of the benefits of the pod’s is that they can be easily transported, allowing cultivation to take place virtually anywhere. This significantly cuts down on distribution times and costs and gives consumers access to fresh, vine-ripened produce. 

“We’ve created a new generation of superfoods that is better than organic called Organic+,” says Illingworth. Illingworth explained how the produce doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to get to your table and the sealed system allows your produce to be safe from pollution, pesticides and other chemicals that outdoor farming is normally exposed to – so it’s actually healthier for you.

One of the main differences that Grow Pod Solutions has from other indoor micro-farms on the market, is that it combines hydroponics and proprietary organic, reusable, plant based living soil and nutrients. This not only makes them more eco-friendly, as the system uses 90% less water, and 80% less waste, but it also allows them to grow faster with a higher more consistent yield while still cultivating that high-end flavor for consumers to enjoy.

The pod’s also contain state-of-the-art air and water filtration along with secured access, tunable lighting, and automation systems that controls virtually all the cultivation processes like humidity, temperature, Co2 and lighting from a computer or cellphone through the company’s exclusive Online Communication Module. 

“The system provides growers with real-time information and alerts on all growing environment changes providing an efficient and easy-to-operate system for all users so anyone can use it,” says Illingworth. “The system can be set up in just a few hours, and then monitored and adjusted from anywhere in the world via the company’s online portal,” adds Illingworth.

Grow Pod Solutions new headquarters plans to open this summer in July. For more information visit https://www.growpodsolutions.com/.

Related Posts

WeHo Bar Gold Coast Closing Permanently

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020

Gold Coast, one of the oldest gay bars in West Hollywood, is closing permanently after 39 years.  The Gold Coast...

Helen Albert Farmers’ Market To Reopen

September 20, 2020

September 20, 2020

The City of West Hollywood will reopen the Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market at Plummer Park from 9 a.m. to...

Rage Nightclub Permanently Closing

September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020

After 37 years Rage nightclub located at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente in West Hollywood...

OUTFEST Announces “Taiwan Program”

September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020

The 2020 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C) and Taiwan Academy...

Queer Owned Cuties Coffee Shop Closes

August 23, 2020

August 23, 2020

Cuties, Los Angeles’ only queer focused coffee shop, has closed permanently due to the stresses of COVID-19.  The East Hollywood...

Liberation Coffee Shop Opens

August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

Located at the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center’s flagship Anita May Rosenstein Campus, the 1,600-square-foot café and community space is operated...

WeHo Bar Flaming Saddles Closes Permanently

August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

Flaming Saddles, the West Hollywood gay country western bar, has closed permanently.  Owners Jacqui Squatriglia and Chris Barnes, who also...

Starbucks Adjusting To Changes Caused By COVID-19

August 16, 2020

August 16, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus and people working remotely, Starbucks, the popular Seattle-based coffee giant, is starting to see a change...

Unicorn Pizza in Santa Monica

August 9, 2020

August 9, 2020

DagWoods’, a popular pizza spot in Santa Monica, is home to the “Magical AF” pizza that’s been featured on shows...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Burger King Employee Dies from COVID-19

July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020

A transgender woman employee of a Santa Monica Burger King died from COVID-19 but the fast food chain is allegedly...

LA Pride Leaving West Hollywood

July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020

Christopher Street West announces LA Pride will not be in West Hollywood By Sam Catanzaro Christopher Street West (CSW), the...

Local Leaders Celebrate Supreme Court LGBT Discrimination Ban

June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020

Supreme Court votes 6-3 in case Bostock v. Clayon County, Georgia By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles-area leaders are celebrating the...

City of West Hollywood’s ‘One City One Pride’ LGBTQ Arts Festival

June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020

Features a ‘virtual platform’ for arts and cultural events: May 22 through June 30 By Staff Writer Each year, the...

North Hollywood Gay Latino Bar ‘Cobra’ Closed for Business

June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020

Instead adopts virtual entertainment method By Toi Creel The effect of COVID -19 has not only taken a toll on...

LA Pride Pulls out of Black Lives Matter March Facing Backlash

June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020

LA Pride organizers face backlash after seeking police permit By Sam Catanzaro L.A. Pride will not be involved in an...