Urban Farming: Vertical Crops

January 14, 2016

At Fairplex we are constantly looking to improve water and energy conservation practices, especially at The Farm. One of the ways we do this is through vertical crops.

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Vertical farming is essentially the practice of growing crops in vertically stacked layers to save resources and increase growth productivity. There are many benefits to vertical farming that may become a future necessity as our population grows and environmental impact takes center stage.

Pesticide Free: Vertical farming reduces the amount of pesticides being used and keeps crops as fresh as possible. The structure itself ensures that plants are less accessible to disease and pests that tend to plague traditional crops.

Water Conservation: Vertical crops take less effort to water and saves resources by using hydroponics (seeds placed in a solution of minerals dissolved in water.)

Harvesting Techniques: Generally speaking, vertical crops make for easier harvesting as there is no stooping needed. It is also ideal for gardeners and farmers with walking disabilities.

Aesthetics: Vertical farming provides depth and variety to otherwise horizontal gardens and farms. Our vertical crops are one of the most eye-catching parts of The Farm.

Vertical gardens have been growing in cities and homes for centuries, dating as far back as 3000 BC in the Mediterranean. This trend has increased in popularity over the years and will likely continue to do so as we look for drought-resistant ways to farm.

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