On the top level of a downtown Vancouver parking garage, North America’s first commercial vertical farm has set up shop. ‘Local Garden’ converts an impermeable, polluted, heat-generating and underused urban surface into arable ‘land’, and plans to grow an estimated 150,000 pounds of greens and herbs for the local market this year.
See on www.grow-city.org
The BLK Projek has witnessed all too often land that lays fallow in urban areas where under served people of color live and all too often people just reconcile with that. Well the Urban Farming Project is a multi-tiered project.
The first is to empower community members to TAKE BACK THE LAND. To actively engage & challenge community members to redefine public space.
See on theblkprojek.org
Agriculture joins economic pillars like infrastructure, waste management and energy production as one of the most important issues we need to address in order to take meaningful steps towards a sustainable culture. America is a series of broken systems. Though technically still a theoretical construct, Vertical Farms offer a new approach to our agricultural production with the potential to drastically change its effect on the environment. Not only are these visions interconnected, functioning ecosystems of their own, but they interface in numerous ways with the greater system of the city creating positive repercussions. One day in the not too distant future, Vertical Farms could be self-sustaining entities that exist as the epitome of efficiency for water, heat, power and waste.
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