Urban Farming

See 9 stunning vertical farms that could solve the planet’s food crisis.

For as long as most people can recollect, horizontal agriculture has been the only direction to go.

But now, farmers are discovering that while horizontal fields of crops are beautiful, they might not be the best of room.

As roots spread out in the various regions of the soil, they leave a lot of unused real estate overhead. So what’s stopping us from stacking our crops like densely-packed metropolitans? Well, sunlight, for one. And gravitation. Soil too.

But once that’s all figured out? Perpendicular planting could be a much more efficient direction to develop food.

What does horizontal farming look like? Here are nine farms that are going over and above with their indoor induce systems:

Photo via Kirsten Dirksen/ YouTube.

1. VertiCrop

VertiCrop was the first big company to kick off the horizontal urban farming trend, stacking shelves upon shelves of delicious dark-greens that could induce up to 20 days the harvest harvest with only about 8% of the liquid of a comparable horizontal garden setup. Time magazine even identified it as one of the world’s greatest inventions in 2009.

Though the company had some financial fus, they emphatically specified a high bar for the strength of this kind of sustainable agriculture.

Photo by Valcenteu/ Wikimedia Commons.

2. Developing Power Aquaponic System

This aquaponic structure takes advantage of the existing symbiotic concerning the relationship between plants and animals.

The pump draws liquid from a five-foot-deep pond to feed multiple strata of plants in such a case, watercress and tomatoes then drips back down into the pond again, where the fresh oxygen allows researchers to feed the tilapia in the cistern below . It’s like a little self-contained and portable ecosystem!( Also, the fish poo works as fertilizer .)

Photo by Ryan Griffis/ Flickr.

3. Wigan UTC Hydroponic Vertical Farm

This is believed to be the world’s first educational horizontal farm, where curious students can analyze, civilize, and experiment in farming progression.

At Wigan, a British university, the setup boasts a revolving soilless conveyor belt structure, temperature and lighting restraints, and even a state-of-the-art kitchen where students can actually start to develop recipes for the future ( which may or may not include the delicious aquaponic fish they’re raising as well mmmm, room salmon ).

Photo via Wellcome Trust/ YouTube.

4. DIY Windowfarms

These horizontal windowfarms are catching on in major metropolitans where everything is already stacked up tall and tight ’cause hey ,< strong> i f it works for people in a city, why can’t it work for plants ? There are plenty of online communities offering tips-off, tricks, and teaches, but the basic hypothesi is that you can lay out rows of recyclable drip-water systems in the convenience of your own residence. All this is necessary is a window, some old-fashioned plastic bottles, and string .

Photo by SparkCBC/ Flickr.

5. The Land at Epcot Center

That’s right, even the mouse himself is get in on the horizontal agriculture act. And they’re actually doing lots of cool experiment and experimentations too! Plus, sometimes they stimulate hydroponic mouse-shaped pumpkins .

Photo by Paul Goings/ Flickr.

6. Bright AgroTech Zip Farm

These innovators determined a cool brand-new direction to make their horizontal agriculture even more horizontal . They’re not just stacking horizontal flowerbeds upright: They use zip ties to generate horizontal airliners that develop crops outward .

Photo via Bright AgroTech/ YouTube.

7. Green Sense Farms

Whoa, is that pink ?! Green Sense Farms utilizes specially-made red-faced and blue-blooded diodes to amplify the actual sun rays that help plants develop . ‘Cause who needs a full spectrum of colourings when two of them can do the job even better?

Photo via The Good Stuff/ YouTube.

8. Pasona Group Urban Farm

While horizontal farms are great for shaping optimal use of room, what do you do in a place as densely-packed as Tokyo, where there’s no room to construct from the ground up? Simple: Start developing food in office houses , like the folks at Kono Designs have done.

Not only does it induce some delicious crops, but employees are generally happier with the fresh oxygen in the air and the affective lighting. It’s like being outdoors, but in country offices!

Photo via Kirsten Dirksen/ YouTube.

9. AeroFarms

Last but not least, built inside a former laser tag realm just outside New York City, AeroFarms is known as the planet’s largest indoor horizontal farm to date, with the ability to grow 75 times more crops per square foot while applying 95% less liquid .

Their system relies on an aeroponic fog instead of standard clay and uses concentrated LED illuminations, and oh yeah it’s also being used to provide affordable food to underserved communities. Win.

Rendering from AeroFarms. Use with permission.

Vertical farming doesn’t simply seem cool it’s solving some serious planetary troubles, and not a moment too soon.

This kind of urban agriculture is innovative and beautiful, which is great. But it’s also a great step forward in addressing our impending food and population crises .

Between climate change and our rapidly increasing influx, some approximations intimate farmers will need to nearly doubled their crop output by 2050 if our civilization expects to survive all while more than a quarter of our available farmland is already falling apart.

And while that sounds like a scary situation, these horizontal farms are shaping sure we move upward and onward, so these kinds of troubles can go right over our heads.

Learn more about the future of our plants and our planet in the video below: