Moonflower Farms believes in growing food close to home. With a vision that every major city in the world will be building hydroponic farms by 2030, the company hopes to be a leader in hyperlocal and sustainable urban agriculture. Founder and CEO Frederico Marques first learned about hydroponics while working with NASA and Bioregenerative Life Support Systems at Stennis Space Center several years ago. When Moonflower Farms opened its doors in 2016, it was Houston’s first indoor vertical growing operation. It currently runs a state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse. It is expanding rapidly in the Houston market as more communities seek year-round access to nutritious produce like lettuce, microgreens, and more. While the current agricultural model leads to an incredible amount of food waste and carries a massive carbon footprint, the hydroponic growing systems offered through Moonflower Farms use 95% less water than field farming and no chemical pesticides. With an ever-increasing urban sprawl and an urgent need to find sustainable farming solutions, Moonflower Farms hopes to work in a city near you soon.