• Vertical Farming Will Blow Your Mind: Crop Yields

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    This era rural communities are growing, houses became bulildings, yards became roof tops. With less area to plant on some rural communities started thier own farm called vertical farming. The idea around the turn of the millennium as a solution to rising populations and shrinking availability of virgin farmland. His vertical farm design has 30 stories and is about the size of a city block.

    While Wyoming is a very rural state with a rich agricultural history, it’s not exactly a breadbasket. Between the high elevation and the long winters, growing food is quite a challenge. Despite being the least populated state in America, and having more land than you can shake a stick at, they still have to import food for much of the year.

    The structure will be built along the side of a parking garage, and only take up about 1/10th of an acre. They’ll be using hydroponics to cut down on water usage, and they’ve created a unique carousel system to rotate their crops throughout the day, allowing each plant to receive plenty of sunlight in a limited space. Despite the energy needed to run the carousel, it will probably save electricity that would have been spent on UV lights.

    What’s important to take from this, is that as preppers, we do what we do because the society we live in has a serious lack of preparedness. We know our communities and most of our neighbors will never take the time and energy to make themselves self-sufficient by any measure. It’s up to us to do that on an individual basis.

    This vertical farm is what community-wide preparedness would look like. If our society was serious about sustainability, and reluctant to rely on an aging and vulnerable infrastructure for its needs, greenhouses like this would be everywhere.

    A vertical farm would need to be an independently functioning ecosystem, because it would be separated from the outside. Bugs would have to be kept out indefinitely, and plants would need adequate ventilation. Any rotting organic material would need to be recycled or cheaply disposed of. The more efficient the structure, the less maintenance required, and ultimately the greater return on investment for its owners. In the more distant future, the vertical farm could be entirely automated.

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