A Place to Park Your Farm

A parking garage in downtown Vancouver is scheduled to be the first structure in North America to host a "paradigm shifting" 6,000-square-foot vertical farm.

The high-density "VertiCrop" farming structure, developed by Valcent Products, "will feature 12-foot-high stacks of growing trays on motorized conveyors that will ferry plants around to be watered, to catch the sun and, finally, to be harvested."

"The array will produce about the same amount of produce as 16 acres of California fields, according to Christopher Ng, chief operating officer of Valcent."

"Ng says the patented technology was developed to grow food naturally in bustling urban environments and represents a paradigm shift in farming and food production - providing up to 20 times the yield of normal field crops, while using only 8% of the water typically required for soil farming."

 

Full Story: Vancouver Plans a Farm Atop a Parking Garage

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