Traditional farmers are turning to vertical hydroponics to improve their farms:
Farm of the future? Not sure that I would call this project that exactly but it does employ aspects of the future of farming business. As water becomes more scarce more farmers will be buying the systems described in this post: hydroponic modular towers that save water and protect the crops. This article is worth reading if you want to learn more about the systems that make this California farm reduce its impact on the environment and make it profitable.
I admit that these images leave something to be desired but this article does tell us that many industries and inventors are joining in the development of growing our food in more efficient ways.
Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first commercial hydroponic urban vertical farm, partners with EnviroIngenuity to promote new production techniques. On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the public will experience the future of farming at the grand opening of Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first hydroponic vertical strawberry farm. More than 11,250 Verti-Gro “towers” produce large sweet strawberries, using less than 85 percent of the water required in traditional row production.
“People no longer have to visit the Epcot Center to see the future of farming,” said Fietz, Sr. “I’ve been in the strawberry industry for 40 years and water and pesticides have always been huge issues. Add in lots of manual labor and it’s tough to make a dime at the end of the day. Since my son, Kenny, was willing to take the reins, I helped him implement this highly efficient system that does away with lots of extra expense and reduces the use of pesticides.”