We’ve been building out the garage this past week and progress is already huge. I’m essentially turning half of my garage into a proof of concept for a hydroponic vertical farm. I’m at the very beginning: easy 2×4 framing with drywall, batt insulation (not all up yet in the pictures), and a layer of foam board on top of that. Click through to see the pictures of where we are!
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The “Impact Farm” is a 2 story DIY vertical farm that packs into a shipping container. Designed by Human Habitat’s Ronnie Markussen and Mikkel Kjær, this is a beautiful example of shipping container design that increases production while still gaining the flexibility inherent in modular design.
My friend Cole Mellino over at Eco Watch did some great writing about another type of vertical farm. More along the lines of vertical farming in something like permaculture than racks of hydroponic lettuce, this underwater seaweed farm utilizes all available components of a natural sub-sea space to grow the bounties of the ocean.
“Bren Smith has set up what he calls “3D ocean farms,” which “utilize the entire ocean column” to grow “restorative species,” including scallops, clams, oysters and kelp. Smith says this makes the oceans cleaner, healthier and more habitable, while providing jobs and food. [keep reading on Eco Watch]”