High Rise Farming

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When I think of farming, I think of rural, “Oh my god, it’s so flat I can see the next state” kind of land. What I definitely don’t think about is a high rise building. These Vertical Farms, proposed by Columbia University environmentalists would provide a year round harvest.

Because of its indoor setting, the climate can be controlled, offering optimal conditions at all times. Since the land stacks vertically, it offers a lot more space than say an average plot of land. And as the proposal says, “We cannot go to the moon, Mars, or beyond without first learning to farm indoors on earth.” — Andrew Dobrow

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8 comments

  1. peter richardson

    have had dream about this since i was a boy, whent to agricultural collage in 1972. was concernd as to how i would provide the light .
    So at the age of forty trained as an electrician.

  2. I’ve been following this idea in it’s many incarnations over many years. Unforunately artist renderings of this type (although artful and pleasing to the eye) fail to convey the true potential of this concept. I have been developing a line of thought that could complement the idea of vertical farming for years. It uses currently available technology, is efficient, scalable and integrates many functions. Added benefit is it is low emission and non-poluting, Anyone know of a serious discussion group in which one could advance thoughts of this type? email lion.slayer@hotmail.com

  3. What a concept. There is allot of room for this concept on farming or citying. Could this be the future for city home’s but in a more compact configuration? Back yard minnie towers for growing a years supply of vegetables. In 100 square feet (10 x10) and several layers high Canadians could grow there needs for a healthy diet.

  4. Will never happen. It makes too much sense and probably way too environmentally friendly.

  5. At first I thought this was a bad idea because of all the resources it would take to control climate in the buildings. But then I thought of how much would be saved by not having to transport the food from where it normally would come from. Also, this could be built in places with harsher climates that have a hard time producing food but have access to other resources (like solar energy in the deserts).

  6. I think it will happen, it’s just a matter of time before it becomes cheap enough.

  7. Brilliant idea until very simple problem arises. Who picks up the fruits and vegetables in the garden building? Mexicans and the like are a bit far for this and automation for this has much happended yet. Sleekly designed building at least.

  8. wow, that looks energy efficient. compared to say, a normal farm that uses 100% sunlight…

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