About VF

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How does vertical farming work?

Step one is to get to the farm into the city. In empty buildings or on top of a supermarket, there is place to provide urban residents with fresh and sustainable food. Fresh, because it does not have to be transported in refrigerated containers for weeks or has to be shipped in roaring sea ships or polluting lorries. To grow food in a vertical farm you don’t need pesticides. Just cut your greens and carry it one floor down to the place where you sell exactly what the customer asks. A vertical farm can easily be a part of a modern supermarket. In Amsterdam you can already see the movement from citizens who want more rural, green life into the busy city. Townsfolk work on allotments and make rooftop gardens. 

Own Greens follows a completely different approach. You don’t even have to leave the house to get your greens. You can have your little farm at home! In 2015 it became abundantly clear that people are very interested in growing their own vegetables. Albert Heijn launched a campaign whereby people could save for little vegetable gardens. You could get any kind of vegetables: radish, cucumber and tomatoes where available and very, very popular. The next step is to bring a miniature farm to your house. What you need is firstly a plastic tray. Add water (for growth and flowering) and nutrition (in block or a form of a pill). In the middle of the box you put a roll of stone wool. In it you place the seed of the crop that you want to grow. Place several containers on top of each other, under and next to each other for more yield and put a plastic cap over them to prevent the plant from losing too much moisture and get pathogens. Place the whole in a simple cabinet and turn on the light. After that, just let the miracle unfold. A few weeks later the juicy lettuce or the spicy rocket will greet you and you will get the real outdoor feeling, but at home. Own Greens can provide you with a starter pack. 

In such a mini greenhouse you can create the circumstances to grow your perfect crop. You can even realize exactly a specific certain demand, because you can adjust the humidity, the heat, the CO2 in the air and of course the different spectra of the light. All those different circumstances have an impact on the taste of what you make. You can, for example, grow a 1950 basilicum, as if you have it freshly picked from a plant in Italy. Do you remember the taste of a cucumber back in your youth and can you find out what the circumstances were, back then? Make it grow in your own house!

In the next post we’ll write more about the meeting with Pieterse and Ruijter. Part two will be about the sustainability and the future for vertical farming. 

 

Photo: ReGen Villages proposal for vertical farming in greenhouses. (2018) Image owned by ReGen Villages and coming from: www.regenvillages.com.

Image slider: The six advantages of vertical farming. (2018) Image from: https://www.oliverwyman.com/

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