When you think of food you get the image of vast fields in some rural areas. You see huge agricultural machines and equipment or great number of people toiling under the sun for the planting, weeding and harvesting. You see long of trucks bringing the produce to the markets. You can add something new to those images. Vertical farming has now become popular and a viable enterprise. You can see plants, vegetables and even fruits, grown in vertical structures.
Some people say that it is the future. There several reasons why there is a possibility this can be true. Agricultural lands are generally located far away from urban centers where most of the people live. Bringing the produce to the markets is expensive and takes a lot of time. This makes the fresh food you buy particularly vegetables more expensive. Vertical farming is suited in urban areas. You can grow vegetables right inside your home, even if it is in a high rise. It does not require a great amount of soil. Vertical farming allows growing of plants in little soil or without soil at all. Best of all is if you have a backyard. A moderately sized backyard should be enough for a small scale commercial farming business.
Bringing fresh food to consumers is not the only benefit of vertical farming. It is also environmentally. It reduces agricultural runoff which is one of the major causes of water pollution. It also reduces consumption of fossil fuels used for running agricultural machinery such as tractors, harvest equipment, etc… With part of vegetable production shifting to urban areas, thanks to vertical farming, reduced agricultural production in rural areas should help lessen environmental degradation.
Another important benefit of vertical farming is it is less susceptible inclement weather. A typhoon for example has less damaging effects to crops grown in urban areas than on crops in rural areas where there is little to impede the strength of winds or to protect crops from rain. If your vegetable garden ideas are inside your home or in a backyard surrounded by tall structures, the damage should be minimal.
However, to be successful at vertical farming, you need to learn the technology. It is not as easy as you think. The technology though as well as the materials you need is readily available. If you visit mr stacky, you will find in it everything you need to know about the different types of vertical gardening systems.
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