Tag-Archive for ◊ Vertical Farms ◊

• Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I have seen these vertical towers in action and they are a great invention because they save space and allow city dwellers to grow a good amount of food from any south facing window in homes and apartments.

Source: KickStarter

We want to change the way produce is grown & distributed, FOREVER

To accomplish this goal, we have to make the production of greens and vegetables easy to do and accessible to everyone.   So, we designed a special production system based on our patented vertical towers that allows us to grow more produce using less space, and then transport the unharvested towers to market.  It allows us to sell “You-Pick” vegetables at the supermarket, letting the customers pick exactly how much they want. 

• Thursday, February 17th, 2011

ShelfponicsShelfponics is a combination of vertical farming and hydroponics. The idea comes from the GardenPool project in Arizona, but Shelfponics does not need a warm climate. Trays and racks could be set-up anywhere inside where sunlight reaches.

Source: GardenPool Blog

So I was looking at an unused corner of the Garden Pool when I had an idea: vertical growing. It was a small area with about 78″ of vertical height, perfect for vertical growing. We generally used the corner to store unused buckets, aquariums, or small starter plants in soil.

The next task was to find a simple solution for vertical growing. What was found was a bookshelf that was used to store tools and miscellaneous GP stuff. I took down the bookshelf and installed a simple plywood shelf elsewhere to take its place. While examining the bookshelf I noticed that the shelves could be snapped-in upside down. This would make a perfect tray Ebb & Flow system. Over the next 9 months we would experiment with and perfect what we have coined shelfponics.

Research credit: Joshua Layton

• Friday, January 09th, 2009

This seems like an idea designed to save a building type that is doomed: energy intensive skyscrapers. The projection referenced below that 80% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050 is based on the assumption of a steady increase in the production and consumption of oil. In other words, no recognition of Peak Oil.

The reality will be quite different which will make high-rises scary places to live/work in the future (heck, they already are scary!). Putting gardens inside will make them more human friendly and sustainable, but the energy required to transport large quantities of soil and water upward is a fanciful idea that will be laughed at in the future — just like the notion that energy resources on the planet are infinitely available to us.

Via: Urban Neighborhood

…A couple of months ago, a dedicated modeler came up with a collection of ’sky farms’ to be used in the game [SimCity] and I thought, what a cool idea–it would be great to do this in real life. Now it appears that other architects and engineers are working on projects of this type.
In the not so distant future, it is predicted that as much as 80% of the world’s population will live in urban areas and, by 2050, the population of the world will increase by as many as 3 billion people. Three billion people require a fair bit of food and current farming practices are unlikely to be able to provide the needed supply. Dr Dickson Despommier suggests Vertical Farms, which are at first a radical idea more suited to science fiction, but, after consideration, is not all that radical at all. After all, we have been growing vegetables under green houses for a long time.
Dr. Dickson Despommier’s Vertical Farm website is a clearing house for vertical farm designs and he outlines his vision for what urban farming can and should be. What is new is the urgent need to scale up this technology to accommodate another 3 billion people. An entirely new approach to indoor farming must be invented, employing cutting edge technologies. The Vertical Farm must be efficient (cheap to construct and safe to operate).
Concept Diagrams
Vertical farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world’s urban centers. If successfully implemented, they offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming.
Dr. Despommier goes on to outline multiple advantages to this new vision for farming; things like year round crop production (great for Canada), elimination of herbicides and pesticides, and a reduction in agricultural run off as most vertical farm systems have waste water reclamation systems built in. Not to mention a number of other great points.
Adding a grocery store to the ground floor could eliminate shipping costs for all produce and enable these stores to sell produce that is truly fresh, they wouldn’t even have to pick the vegetables prematurely to make them transportable.

The site even has a proposal for Toronto…
Concept Drawing 2