Vertical farms

As posted before (window farms, gutter garden and guerilla gardening), growing food in a suburban environment is a hard thing to do. On Intercon I found an interesting article about a new type of farm: the vertical farms 101.

The full article can be found here, a summary below.

The basic idea of a vertical farm is not new. In vertical farms the benefits of architecture are combined with our knowledge on agriculture and the cycle of materials.

The goal of a vertical farm is to connect infrastructure, waste management and energy production with agriculture, thus creating fully operating, independent ecosystems (preferably in an urban environment).

At the moment we’re still talking concepts here, but recent tests have already proven that this idea will be possible in the near future (5 – 10 year). The scheme below (also from Intercon) shows how these vertical farms try to close the material cycle.

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About leyssensjan

Jan Leyssens is a designer and entrepreneur who strongly believes you can’t turn sustainability into a positive story if your main focus is on negative impact. When designing, he is always looking for the overlap between activism and entrepreneurship, technology and community. His main expertise lies in strategic business model development, Circular Economy, the makermovement, and social innovation. With a background in Industrial Design, Jan quickly shifted his focus towards business design and using the design process in strategic management. Jan is the father of two kids and founder & CEO of Regenerative Design, co-founder of Full Circle, ImpactBoost, and the Circular Design map, podcaster, storyteller, and changemaker.
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2 Responses to Vertical farms

  1. Jake says:

    If you have an opportunity try visiting TERRASPHERE SYSTEMS http://terraspheresystems.com/, they are currently in business with a couple of Vertical farms up and running and I have learned a lot from their website. Also visit another company I have been researching, Converted Organics http://convertedorganics.com/, they produce organic fertilizer.

    Respectfully,

    Jake

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