Cornucopia-Enterprise has the most innovative system of greenhouses and high tunnels for modern food production in the world. The new company has combined "near urban" food production on small tracts of land, with drip irrigation, wind power to run irrigation wells, and solar power for lighting. The result is a food system that controls the environment, saves water, saves electricity, lowers land and production expense, protects from weather, hail, wind and storms, creates two to three crops a year, and produces flowers and vegetables in the normally dead months of December,January and February, when prices and demand peak.
Her concept started in a hotel dining room in Dubai. "The strawberries, tomatoes, melons, berries, and salad were delicious and the waiter told me that all of it had to be flown in daily. Dubai only has desert lands. So tomatoes are flown in from 5,000 miles away, strawberries 7000 miles, melons from India, lettuce from California. I was amazed at the waste of energy."
Why not grow them near urban centers. "A Sheik in Dubai said that they were going to create a huge system, on the outskirts of Dubai, drip irrigate greenhouses, and in a few years, all of their fresh food will be grown there, at no shipping expense (and with great profit to the growers)." Saneh thought this was a good business model for the USA!
Instead of wasting millions of gallons of water pouring it down rows in open fields, or sprinkling so that 50% of it is lost due to evaporation and run off, or pouring chemicals to it, or zapping it with pesticides, we simply use a "controlled environment" growth system.
BIG PROBLEMS AND BIG SOLUTIONS Of CORNUCOPIA-ENTERPRISE!
Consider some big problems facing us in the USA and in Texas:
1. Depleting oil and energy reserves will force higher and higher energy prices. These energy prices will cause higher prices to pump irrigation water, to fertilize, to transport and to market food products.
2. Depleting water reserves will force higher and higher water prices, causing food production on a giant wholesale scale to be very expensive.
3. Rising food costs. World population growth is already causing world food prices to increase, but with rising energy and water prices, food is going to go through the roof.
4. Diminishing land, near urban centers. Large traditional agricultural producers can no longer afford to produce huge food farms near urban centers. Land has become to expensive, taxes and regulations have grown. We will have to find ways to fill the gap with smaller more efficient agricultural methods.
5. Emerging research in food science has pointed out that"fresh" vegetables in the USA have lost vitamin and mineral integrity due to production methods. That should be no surprise if you have eaten a store bought tomatoe lately. "Tomatoes are picked green, gassed to make them turn red, and shipped for a shelf life of 2 to 6 weeks. By the time you eat them, much of the food value and taste is gone." said Saneh. There is much more demand for food grown organically, and high tunnels and green houses are the perfect way to achieve that.
"In our prototype in Fort Worth, we had fresh tomatoes while it was snowing last winter in January. We planted 160 types of vegetables in the high tunnel and were swamped with tomatoes, peppers, flowers, berries. This fall, we have seen the grapevines grow to the 12 foot ceiling, blackberries and raspberries have developed, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers are growing faster than we can pick them. We even have an orange tree in our high tunnel and I noticed an orange on it yesterday." Saneh said with a laugh.
This is no simple business, and it has required much research and study. The company is marketing nation wide, developed freight and delivery systems, and a simple and direct menu of products. Saneh is not only a visionary but a business administrator. "My schedule also requires that I do speaking to educate, motivate and lead the public forward on this concept." she says "I love the USA, am a citizen here and respect the US flag, but was born in Iran. I look forward to exporting these into my birth country and helping them meet food needs there too!"
"When I arise in the mornings and see the morning glories reaching up to the ceiling, I think, wow, they are reaching for the sun!" That describes Saneh.
This is a growing Internet based business, with an operating office in New Mexico, a demonstration plot in West Fort Worth and an office in Indianapolis. Most of our customers buy on line, and we have the products shipped directly to them. We have the low prices, plus we have added wind turbines and solar panels to our greenhouses as an option. (As an example of price, one small greenhouse with 3 solar panels, two light fixtures, and a circulation fan costs only $860). A larger greenhouse, for a school or community center will cost only $6,200 (and again, the wind turbine, and solar system are available as add ons). The company always suggests drip irrigation or "mist" watering systems, to control humidity and limit water use.
Cornucopia is designing programs and encouraging Senior Citizens centers to use this for therapy, recreation, and food for their centers. They have spoken to several universities which have responded that they want Cornucopia's greenhouses and system on their campuses. The Super Bowl Committee has told them that their concept works well for a program to help children. "We are encouraging community gardens, church gardens, and of course giving the food to orphanages or needy" said Saneh.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT AND ACTION FOR FOOD
This is a company that has a "center" of helping people, and is motivating action to create organic nutritious food with splendid flavor. Check it out. You might find that it will leave a good taste in your mouth. Click here to see Cornucopia: http://www.cornucopia-enterprise.com
Or you can call the President of the company direct: 817 889 0703 and schedule permitting Saneh can deliver a dynamic program for your group or company. "I believe in this, and want to spread the word broadly." said Saneh.
For more information on the following:
Wind-Inc.com (Wind Turbines) http://www.wind-inc.com
Cornucopia-Enterprises LLC (Greenhouses) http://www.cornucopia-enterprise.com
Boothe and Associates, Food Production Consulting/Planning : http://www.benboothe.com