A Wyoming-based vertical urban farming company, Bright Agrotech, has identified wall space as a potential space for urban farming in the city. Their lightweight hydroponic systems can be attached to any wall, potentially space along sidewalks or behind buildings.
The concept of “living walls” has been around for a while, but the idea of using the side of a building to grow food is new. Agrotech’s smaller systems currently cost over $500, but they are confident that they’ll be able to bring the price down to a level where it is accessible to just about anyone who wants to grow their own food. The system is also deliberately designed to be simple to set up and to use, even for inexperienced growers.
Agrotech’s system is self-watering and designed in a way that eliminates weeds, the company estimates that 40 pounds of greens can be harvested from their system every five or six weeks, while taking less time to maintain than the average garden.
One of the biggest challenges facing conventional and urban agriculture is the issue of space. Agrotech’s growing system has been designed in that context and suggests that city walls might be one solution to help feed future cities.
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