Midwestern geothermal greenhouse provides local citrus year round for $1 a day. Greenhouse in the Snow, built by a former mailman, grows an abundance of local produce high on the Nebraska plains.
"We can grow the best citrus in the world, right here on the high plains,” says Russ Finch, the former mailman (pictured above) who is the creative superstar genius responsible for building the Greenhouse in the Snow. And he can do it spending only $1 a day in energy costs. For Midwesterners (and many of the rest of us) produce in the winter means things imported form warmer climes or grown in greenhouses, which typically have a prodigious hunger for energy and are fed by burning fossil fuels. But by harnessing the Earth's natural internal heat to warm a greenhouse, oranges and other tropical treats thrive without the waste and pollution typically found in so much agriculture.
As Grant Gerlock writes at NPR, the floor is dug 4 feet below the surface, the roof is slanted toward the south to harness as much sun as it can. Watch the charming Mr. Diet & Nutrition. Sated Magazine. Aquaponics. A small, portable aquaponics system.
The term aquaponics is a portmanteau of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic agriculture. Aquaponics (/ˈækwəˈpɒnᵻks/) refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrifying bacteria initially into nitrites and subsequently into nitrates, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients, and the water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.
History Woodcut from the 13th century Chinese agricultural manual Wang Zhen's Book on Farming (王禎農書) showing rice grown in a floating raft planter system in a pond. Growing food. Growing food. Growing food. "The Vertical Farm," the Movie by Sting. Dr.
Despommier on vertical farming. Photo by Kris Krug courtesy of Pop! Tech 2008 Since 1989, Sting has been involved in protecting the Amazon through the Rainforest Foundation which he co-founded with his wife Trudie Styler and last month played a benefit concert for the organization. He's been involved in other environmental causes like supporting sustainable food, and now he's putting a camera where his mouth is. Despommier's upcoming book from Thomas Dunne Books coming to a farmscraper near you. As described in Treehugger over the last few years, the idea lays out a system of farming in which food is grown within tall city buildings as an efficient means of land use and way to get fresh food to local residents.
Sting's film will document the first vertical farm to be constructed in a major U.S. city. Also, last Friday, Mayor Richard M. More on vertical farming:Harvest Green: Vertical Farm by Romses Architects wins CompetitionRobert F. Central NY Aquaponic Farm, a Business and Testing Ground for Future of Agriculture. October 18, 2011 | Deanna Krinn What began as a business plan drawn up for fun has spawned Aqua Vita Farms, central New York’s first aquaponic farm.
Aqua Vita Farms was founded by Mark Doherty and seeks to provide wholesale food distributors with safe, high value, aquaponically grown seafood and produce. Retrofitting and construction on the company’s indoor farming facility, a 13,000 square foot building in Sherrill, N.Y. that was formerly a polishing facility for Oneida Silverware, kicked off in May of this year. The company, which currently raises bluegill fish, and grows lettuce, leafy greens and herbs in its custom-made aquaponic systems, had it first harvest shortly thereafter in August. Inspired by an article The idea for Aqua Vita Farms was inspired by an article that Doherty came across while reading the Wall Street Journal about a year and a half ago describing another aquaponic farm, Sweet Water Organics, he said. Intellitix smart solutions for smart events.
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