Student Farmers was started by three high school students who see the positive advantages of indoor farming and have set out to expand awareness and cultivate meaningful change for human health and the health of our planet.
The origin story of Student Farmers is pretty simple.
On a cold Sunday evening, January 16, 2022, Calvin’s father, Charlie Szoradi, stopped in at the Tang house to drop off microgreens for his friends Robert and Cheryl Tang (Ashely and Aaron’s parents). Aaron is one of Calvin’s classmates, friends, and basketball teammates. Over the past year, Aaron’s sister has worked as a research intern for Charlie’s company, and the families have become close friends. Cheryl suggested video taping Charlie’s “presentation” of the microgreens from his Local Grow Farms, because he was also so excited to show off the newly released “I Grow Therefore I Am” apparel. This video of the visit became the springboard for Student Farmers.
Preceding the microgreen drop off, Calvin had been hearing for years about his father’s passion for indoor farming and sustainable living. Over the spring of 2021, Calvin helped his dad plant an edible garden at their family beach house in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, which includes rainwater collection and solar power to address the water, energy, food security nexus.
Another catalyst for Student Farmers came over the 2021 Thanksgiving holiday, when Calvin visited his uncle’s ranch near the Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Calvin and his sister and father had a chance to see first-hand a self-sustaining ranch (completely off the grid) with extensive planting beds for growing vegetables as well as the ranch’s orchard.
Calvin, Aaron and Ashely live in the western suburbs of Philadelphia (Eagles and Sixers fans), and their hope with Student Farmers is to build a growing national network of high school and college students who embrace the Future of Food, with year-round planting for healthy minds, bodies, and environmental stewardship.
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