Why do we need to farm vertically?
HydroGarden believes that vertical farming is the future and that V-Farm can go some way in helping to alleviate the food demand that will inevitably face us. It will allow countries that have undesirable growing conditions to produce their own food source and provide fresh vegetables locally all year round.
It can be installed in very remote locations, for example near or within the Arctic Circle, where otherwise everything would have to be trucked or flown in and where fresh produce is very hard to keep.
Indoor farming could also help to utilise redundant buildings and warehousing in cities bringing high value production closer to consumers. As well as reducing food miles, the systems use 90% less water than conventional systems, use no pesticides and achieve much higher rates of growth, meaning the overall environmental footprint is very low.
A completely controlled growing environment means that growing can take place in warm or cold climates, 24 hours a day.
And beyond this planet, increasingly lengthy space missions mean that scientists are investing huge resources in trying to find a way for astronauts to grow their own food both in space and, incredibly, on faraway planets.
The answer is hydroponics and more specifically, vertical farming.
What can you grow in a V-Farm?
- Lettuce (Cos, Little Gem, Butter Head)
- Pak Choi
- and much more.