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Food Scarcity and Vertical Farming

  • May 22, 2020 10:51 AM
    Message # 8986798
    Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    Vertical Beleafers, Francis Granger Middle School

  • May 29, 2020 11:01 AM
    Reply # 9000985 on 8986798
    Anne Krosnjar

    Wow! At first, I was looking for the project and then I realized that the really professional looking graphics was the student projects. Very attention getting. I love this idea and you showed some great examples. The research was very good. You mentioned the pros and cons which is always good to do. You also mentioned that it would be more expensive than conventional farming. Great ideas are never cheap. However, when you mentioned architecture, I could see many connections and I also remembered that a hotel I stayed in Washington, DC, was raising bees on it’s rooftop in an urban area and using it in its hotel restaurants. I think you are on to something. Your project inspired me and I found some other roof-top gardening (farming).

    I really hope you take this project further. If it ends with your presentation, then nothing will get better. Maybe someone could build a mini vertical garden in their back yard or a class could do that at your school. Or someone could design one for condo apartments. If we all started with your idea, something would be better right away.

    If the county you live in has a farm bureau, I would suggest you try to share your project with them and maybe brainstorm some ways to try some smaller yard structures with their suggestions and input. Also, if there is an architectural firm in your city, try to connect there too. Maybe even the city would grow seasonal flowers in a planter from your idea.

    I like the points your presentation made, the way they were made and in the order you chose. Great topic and great job. This is something that is doable. 

    Congratulations on a great project!
  • June 01, 2020 3:10 PM
    Reply # 9007851 on 8986798
    Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    I enjoyed perusing your website and learning about vertical farming! I liked the questions about what vegetables and fruits grow best under which system.  (I see that strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, basil and mint work under each system!) I also really appreciated your presentation walking me through the various page of the website. 

    This type of farming would seem to be an ideal solution for places that are short on land, such as the Netherlands, as well as places short on arable land and water, such as some desert nations in the Middle East.  

    Your presentation has raised some questions for me.  

    1) Are all aeroponic, aquaponic, and hydroponic farms also vertical farms? 

    2) Are there many vertical farms currently bringing food to market here in Illinois? Were you able to visit any vertical farms?  I have heard that the grape tomatoes you can now buy year round in the Chicago area are grown hydroponically. 

    3) Have you tried your hands at any vertical farming? 

    Thank you for your presentation

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