Vertical farms are the cultivation of plant and animal life within skyscrapers, commercial and industrial buildings using natural and/or artificial light - and of course, with our touch - using hydroponics and powered by renewable energy. These farms will produce less embedded energy and toxicity than plant and animal life produced on natural landscapes.
The middle of the city may be the last place you would expect to find farms full of basil, tomatoes, cucumber, strawberries, lettuce, red peppers, berries and those exotic fruits only grown in remote parts of the world. However, vertical farms have been popping up in urban cities across our nation many stories high, in New York, Chicago and Texas. They have been created in vacant buildings, on abandoned city blocks, unused land surrounded by chain-link fences and on top of commercial buildings. 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 normal, horizontal soil farming.
The vast bulk of air pollutants come from cars and trucks. Keeping the produce local will keep far fewer trucks on the road burning fossil fuel. And vertical farms allow people to drive less to get to work, again burning less and less fossil fuel.
Our cities can slowly transform these previously unused spaces into fruit and vegetable gardens, and grow fresh food for the communities and its inhabitants. Community members will tend the gardens and then distribute the aromatic, lustrous and ripe produce throughout the community and sell them to restaurants, grocery stores and farmers markets.
We believe vertical farms are exactly what our cities need because they help accomplish the following goals of sustainability, energy efficiency and protection of our ecosystems to:
convert unused or abandoned urban land into efficient, food production centers,
transform grey concrete, pavement and rooftops into green, urban farms,
increase community food security,
dramatically reduce fossil fuel use by not using tractors, plows and shipping,
use 90% less water than that of traditional soil farming, with 4-6 times the crop yield per acre,
provide fresh, healthy, ripe, aromatic, delicious local produce,
invest in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, full of vitamins, minerals and proteins,
grow organic food that is free from herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers,
create a symbiotic relationship between our citizens and the environment,
bring community members together to work for their own benefit,
virtually eliminate agricultural runoff by recycling black water,
return farmland to nature, restoring ecosystem functions and services,
add energy back to the grid via methane generation from composting non-edible parts of plants and animals,
help in the fight against global warming,
create green jobs,
. . . and the list goes on . . .
Let’s develop healthier and more sustainable communities, while reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Together we can work with our cities and counties, here in California, to develop long-term growth plans to reduce pollution, toxins and traffic. Hydroponic, vertical farms are the bridges we can use to lead the nation in controlling greenhouse gases and promote clean, green energy technology, whicle creating a major source of new jobs.
Vertical farms can be scalable to to suit the size of our buildings.
Would you like to develop a vertical farm with us in your community? Please call or Contact us on our Contact page and leave us a message. We look forward to working with you to feed our communities with delicious, nutritious, aromatic and abundant food - and create local jobs too!
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