Vertical hydroponic urban farming sustainably meets the growing demand for premium, organically grown, locally sourced produce. The system operates in an environmentally responsible manner without GMOs or other harmful chemicals and creates its own renewable energy sources through solar systems installed onsite.

 

By adding Vertical Farming system to your existing infrastructure, a consistent organic greens, vegetables and herbs source is created on a small footprint of required land area. Each 5 million heads of leafy greens annual production requires only a 2,000 square meter thermal warehouse building that will host the Organic Greens Farm.

The Vertical Farm can be located in a land locked area and consumes only 0.5% of the water compared to traditional farming in the closed loop system. The farm is self sustained from an energy standpoint creating its own electricity from the sun and the waste streams. Each 5 million head scope generates over 120 construction jobs, 30 direct jobs, and 93 indirect jobs.

 

 Benefits & Attributes

  •  The contained nature of the system provides long-term and sustainable advantages, year- round crop production, technology-driven cost controls, controllable food safety and zero environmental variability.

  • Controlled environment agriculture optimizes yields by eliminating confounding external variables: Drought, Floods, Pests, Plant Disease, and Spoilage.

  • The plants are watered by a high-pressure system which ensures an even distribution of water and nutrients.

  • Farming in a controlled environment results in crops that are strong, compact, and show even growth.

  • The technology can be used to grow a variety of crops such as lettuce, tree seedlings, and medicinal herbs.

  • Since the vertical farming system does not rely on sunlight, the system uses no inefficient glass or plastic structures, reducing high-energy consumptions. 

  • The absence of sunlight in the system prevents the incubation of mold, bacteria and insect larva, further reducing any reliance on pesticides. The produce is clean from the moment of inception to the moment of retail. 

  • Because plants can be divided into long-day and short-day, we are able to control the amount of light needed for optimal growth.

  • Our ability to set up farms anywhere allows for flexible future growth, including the use of redundant urban or rural buildings. Dr. Dickson Despommier, Department of Environmental Health Sciences Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, suggests that 80% of our populations by 2050 will be clustered in urban centers.

  • The shelf-life of the produce far exceeds that of field farm produce. In fact, tests show that the spinach lasts over 26 days versus the normal seven days for field spinach.

  • Unlike field farms or greenhouses reliant on available sun, The facilities are not affected by severe weather fluctuations, allowing for consistent production of cultivars.

  • Conventionally, large amounts of food are wasted either by degradation or disposal. Our ability to control waste from degradation will greatly impact food security, which is linked to many chronic diseases. 

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is an agricultural method of growing vegetation that minimizes the use of natural resources. This indoor production concept is more practical in an urban setting than a greenhouse due to lack of sufficient land space, security, and climate considerations. A CEA system can yield year-round harvests anywhere, anytime by eliminating weather-related crop and farming failures.

The design of an indoor environmentally controlled system eliminates the need for pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. This renewable system has no agricultural run-off. Crop yields up to 30 times those of traditional farmers. When vertical farming takes advantage of the same technology, using the structure’s height to maximize the acreage’s growing capacity, it is predicted to increase many times over. 

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