These guys are responsible for the first vegan, hydroponic, vertical farm
Ready for a look at the future of farming? Metropolis Farms in Philly is making waves as the first vegan-certified farm in the nation. On top of that (literally), it’s also the first hydroponic vertical farm, occupying 36 square feet in a second floor space.
In a piece shared by Eco Watch, the farm boast no pesticides, herbicides, animal manure, or animal byproducts, with certification from the American Vegetarian Association. Avoiding manure means eliminating a main cause for food poisoning, so they rely on carnivorous plants to lure and kill bugs instead.
They’re not stopping there either. The team is hoping to convert solar energy, but currently uses robotics to reduce the energy put out to artificially light and control the climate of this urban pasture.
120,000 plants grow, with herbs, greens and tomatoes yielding the majority of their year round crop. They utilize 98 percent less water then a standard farming operation through hydroponic recirculation, and use 82 percent less energy compared to their conventional and organic competitors.
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“The innovation here is density, as well as energy and water conservation,” Metropolis Farms president Jack Griffin told Technically Philly. “We can grow more food in less space using less energy and water. The result is that I can replace 44,000 square feet with 36 square feet. When you hear those numbers, it kind of makes sense.”
So they’re saving the world one crop at a time, in a space where agriculture would have typically been seen as impossible. It makes me wonder how many veggies I can grow in my ninth floor apartment…
Photo from Technically Philly