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PULSE innovators & collaborators: Anne Phillip

UPDATE! I just finished the full conversation with Anne Phillip, founder of Möbius Microfarms, and one of the brilliant people you’ll meet at PULSE.

To make space for it, the intro video about her innovative work at the intersection of sustainable development, urban farming, and food as medicine has moved further down the page.

How do you see your role in holistic healthcare?

We provide an easy way for people to integrate fresh, nutrient-dense foods – microgreens in particular – into their everyday routine. And I understand nutrition is a cornerstone of many approaches to holistic healthcare.

As a quick overview of what we do at Möbius Microfarms, we deliver microgreens by the tray, and we also provide an indoor aquaponic system that is optimized for growing microgreens.

Either way, people can harvest them right before they eat them, when they still have the maximum amount of nutrients. Since microgreens have up to forty times more nutrients than their mature counterparts, it’s easy to add a handful of them to a meal and really amp up your nutrition.

In what area(s) do you find we need more innovation or collaboration?

I’d like to see a greater physical connection between people and their food. Our approach at Möbius Microfarms is to provide a way for people to grow food right where they live, year-round, even if they don’t have an outdoor space, or any previous knowledge of gardening. I think this close connection is really powerful because it gives us a sense of security to have food so accessible, and to know that this way of growing food is sustainable for generations to come.

I am concerned with the future stability of our food system. With all of the problems facing our current agricultural system – drought, dwindling ground water reserves, fossil-fuel powered transport over large distances, and loss of arable land, to name a few – I believe we really need to grow our food differently. Most importantly, we need to grow it closer to where most people live, and that means growing food in cities.

Mobius Microfarms from Erica J Mitchell on Vimeo.

Are there any emerging trends or new ideas in healthcare that fuel your optimism?

I have been encouraged to see more awareness drawn to the effect of food on our health. The knowledge that we should eat a diverse range of fruits and vegetables has been around for a while, but now there are more options to incorporate those foods into our daily lives – with juice and salad bars, and more chefs drawing inspiration from seasonal vegetables. It’s great to see that all becoming more of a mainstream focus.

There has also been more elucidating research into the ways that our gut flora affects our health and our mood. Acknowledgement of the cycle that what we eat creates a home for certain microbes, which in turn yield certain molecules that influence our moods and even influence our choice of foods, has been enlightening.

What are you creating in your own business right now?

Just this summer, we have started some great collaborations with healthcare providers and local businesses. It’s been really energizing to see how working together can take our impact to a whole new level.

How can other PULSE participants support your work and vision? What resources or connections would you welcome?

PULSE is a wonderful opportunity for dialogue. I am really looking forward to hearing what others are working on, and what possibilities they see for our microgreens and indoor systems might be able to support their efforts.

I am open to all conversations about how we can create strong, healthy communities.

Do you have any questions for the PULSE community?

What are you focusing on in your practice or business right now?

How can we work together to further improve the quality and reach of holistic healthcare?

And how do you remain grounded in your own healthy practices, with everything you have going on? That’s something I’m looking forward to hearing about from the attendees of PULSE!

Many thanks! Can’t wait to see you at PULSE.

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