AgriTalk : Square Root for Urban Farming

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AgriTalk : Square Root for Urban Farming

Square Root for Urban Farming

On Saturday, 14th May 2017 AgriTalk was discuss about Square Root for Urban Farming from 7 – 9 pm at our line group and twitter @iaas_indonesia. Square Roots is urban farming which use technology developed by the vertical farming. The article in below is things we talked about, so let’s check it out.
With the increasing demand for agricultural products, it has become necessary to practice alternative methods for bringing up the supply levels. It has to be taken into consideration that land simply cannot be cleared off to make space for more farms. “By 2050, there’ll be 9 billion people and the planet, and 70 percent of them all live in the city. Those people need feeding and those people will want real food,” said Tobias Peggs, the CEO of Square Roots Grow, the start-up behind the shipping container farms. He cited 2015 population estimates from the United Nations.With this in mind, the technique of vertical farming proves to be beneficial. To explain this further, vertical farming is a technique in which plant cultivation will take place inside skyscraper greenhouses.

Vertical farming is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container. The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled. On 2016 , Square Roots, the urban farming accelerator launched by Kimbal Musk and Tobias Peggs, began its yearlong program in the Pfizer Building on the border of Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy. Square Roots will use technology developed by the vertical farming startups Freight Farms and ZipGrow, Peggs says. The plants grown in the shipping containers — which could include Bibb lettuce and basil — will be rooted in water rather than soil and cultivated under LED lights.

The program, as he pointed out, emphasizes the “urban” in urban farming: the container farms are just across the street, and they connect to the city’s water supply through a fire hydrant. And there’s a good reason the farms have a pink-purplish glow. Red and blue are the colors most actively involved in photosynthesis, Peggs said, so to maximize resources the farms use those colors for lighting. Electricity is the farms’ greatest expense.

To grow plant in this system is not very difficult because just like we grow a plant in a land. And this how to grow plant in square roots :

  1. 1-3 weeks for seedlings

  1. Transplanting

  1. Growth to harvest

These systems also use 80 percent less water than outdoor farms. That’s the potential for a lot of real food grown in a very small space using very few resources.

Each of our ten farms is capable of growing about 50 pounds of produce per week. The most important advantage of vertical farming is that it’s healthier than the products of industrial farming. The food produced through industrial farming is high-calorie, low nutrient and processed thousands of miles away. Whereas vertical farming does not compromise with the nutritional value.

Editor : Raymundus Jati Primanda
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