Your CrossFit friends will freak about what’s growing under solar panels

How can you tell if someone does CrossfFit?

Don’t worry; it will come up in nearly every conversation.

“Ready for the meeting?

“Yes, but I can ...

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Your CrossFit friends will freak about what’s growing under solar panels

Woman appears exhausted after CrossFit workout

Farmers are figuring out ways to grow crops under solar panels. And it just so happens that the produce that can thrive in the shaded area under the panels include CrossFitter favorites like mushrooms, broccoli, Swiss chard and potatoes.

Key Points

  • Solar panels are big and cover a lot of land.
  • Farmers are figuring out a way to use the land under solar panels.
  • Crops like mushrooms, potatoes and kale don’t need a lot of light and can grow under the panels.

How can you tell if someone does CrossfFit?

Don’t worry; it will come up in nearly every conversation.

“Ready for the meeting?

“Yes, but I can barely get out of my chair because my CrossFit WOD this morning was bananas.”

Or

“Want to go grab lunch?”

“Yes, but only if they have hamburgers with mushrooms for buns and organic kale salad. My friends and I at CrossFit — you know, the best and only workout anyone should do — only eat foods that our primal ancestors ate, and I can’t believe you’d even think of wrecking your digestive system with bread, and also I can do 55 pull ups in case you wanted to know, which of course you did because CrossFit is amazing. Did I mention that I love CrossFit?

You get the idea.

So just imagine how excited they’ll be when they hear about this.

Farmers are figuring out ways to grow crops under solar panels. And it just so happens that the produce that can thrive in the shaded area under the panels include CrossFitter favorites like mushrooms, broccoli, Swiss chard and potatoes.

Solar panels cover lots of ground. Using all that space under the panels could let farmers add panels to their farmland and make some extra cash by also selling electricity.

Some farmers in Japan are trying it out with mushrooms, and a farm in the U.S. is giving potatoes a try. The solar farm/veggie farm combo is being called “solar sharing.”

Now if they could just figure out a way to add some space for weights so you could also complete a CF WOD Rx’d for time and set a new PR, we could take solar sharing to a whole new level. We’ll call it CrossFit-solar-shrooming.

Don’t worry: Your CrossFit friends will let you know when one comes to a city near you. 


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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