I wanted to share a few fun facts from a new, old book I’ve been reading from when fluorescent tubes were the pinnacle of artificial lighting for plants. Click through to learn a little bit more about the history of gardening under lights.
More progress pictures for this garage to vertical farm conversion. I’ve been steadily filling out the inside with everything a farm needs – grow racks, ventilation, lighting – and getting started planting. What are you missing in your farm? Click through to find out!
Let me start out by saying that this is actually one of the best critiques of vertical farming that’s out there. And I’m not surprised, the author, Stan Cox, works at the Land Institute, one of the most important groups for agricultural transformation out there . They do some really incredible things and I have a huge amount of respect for their work. Unfortunately, it seems they still fall into the same trap as everyone else that wants to talk about how the sun is free and how important soil is; they assume that because vertical farming can’t solve everything, it should solve nothing.
I’m going to go paragraph by paragraph and respond to Stan Cox’s article and address the misconceptions there. This is not a fluff piece, this is not a blog post meant for internet readability. This is a take down.
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As two more new farms are taking off, NPR sketches the arguments for and against artificial lighting. We checked that out a little more in depth here, but definitely read this article to get the inside scoop from Ted Caplow of BrightFarms and AeroFarms CEO David Rosenberg.