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Vertical Farming in Singapore

The dense metropolis of Singapore is now home to the world’s first commercial vertical farm! Built by Sky Greens Farms, the rising steel structure will help the city grow more food locally, reducing dependence on imported produce. The new farm is able to produce 1 ton of fresh veggies every other day, which are sold in local supermarkets.

Update: This project is NOT being represented as free market. Clearly it is government funded, something most of use here at the DP are opposed to for a variety of reasons. This was shared because of the physical apparatus and the not-uncommon idea of vertical farming.


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Designed with artificial lighting systems

It seems that these units are designed specifically to use grow lamp technology. Thus, no sunlight is required.

plants have grown with natural sunlight for thousands

of years. Does artificial lighting even come close to replicating the entire gamut of the sun's effects? I'm leary of such..

I'm old school, but...

I grow vegetables and fruits for my family and friends in sunlight year round in a rural village based on permaculture techniques. So, I have little practical interest in artificial light agriculture.

But, in major urban centers growing food for a family, let alone for millions of people, is an entirely different challenge. My hat's off to the pioneers and entrepreneurs who are finding success with their new approaches to farming in urban environments.

therefore no vitamin D??

therefore no vitamin D??

I don't think so...

I don't think so.

But, to my understanding, there is no significant vitamin D in any fruit or vegetable, whether the specimen is grown in direct sunlight or not.

There are lots of members here who know a lot more than I do about nutrition. Maybe, they can confirm this or not.

This is correct. Some vitamin

This is correct. Some vitamin D rich foods are fish and egg yolks, but the best way to go is to eat plenty of good fats and soak up the sun yourself.

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Rooftops are an amazing resource for urban gardening

There are millions of searchable sites on this topic.

Here is one from Thailand that explores low-cost and practical conversion designs for urban rooftops.

http://inhabitat.com/kasetsart-university-in-thailand-builds...

interesting

thanks for sharing.

Right on, thank you

I am currently working on terrace farming my bugout property. The Incas had a lot of tricks to copy.

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Cool!

Share some pics sometime! I'm sure many here would love to see it!

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I need to do that

I am always so excited to go up there I keep forgetting my wife's camera. I will make it a priority this next trip coming up. It really is a very cool place. I have been trying to get Ira to buy some next to me, lol.

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I'm in

we need to get back on that idea. I bought a Bobcat, think that would work up there or would a trackhoe be better?

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Hey, M R my friend.

I have not forgot about you man. I am trying to go get it set up my friend. By the way I had to ask? Did you know a 'Fritz" that supposedly ran a trailer park down there?.

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The name does not ring a bell

Got a name of the park?

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Morning Ira

I'm not sure, but he claimed to know you and your reporter friend. Tall skinny guy from Missouri with a beard and talked with a heavy southern drawl. Was just curious if he was full of BS. Probably was because it seemed about everything he claimed was BS. anyways he spent some time up this way running the tow service down the street.

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A lot of people pass through here, very transient community.

If he did spend time here he probably did know me, not hard when you're getting arrested every other week And your picture is plastered all over the local media.

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That's true

Didn't think about the media exposure, I guess about everyone knows you down there. Anyways to answer your question above, I think a Bobcat would probably be best up there to begin with due to all the trees. There will probably be more pushing dirt than digging.

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Me, too.

I have tons of stone scattered about the surface of my hectare in the Apokoronas region of Crete.

So far we've constructed several small terraces with the help of some incredible local day laborers from Albania. These guys are magicians. No mortar required with old school techniques.

Now if I can only keep my goats out! You might think fences would work for this, wouldn't you?

Here is a photo...

http://flic.kr/p/g6WQyj

Thanks for the pic!

You own land in Crete?! How cool is that?! I second the question by Patriot? Are the flags used as a bird deterrent?

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You are welcome, RobHino...

You are welcome, RobHino. It is a pleasure for me to share our project with fellow DP members.

We have a long-term lease on the property. Agricultural land is almost impossible to buy here. A big obstacle is the fact that most of these properties have 10 to 50 family co-owners since they have been in the families for many, many generations.

We love Crete and its people. We have found, especially our village, an ideal environment for perma-culture farming and art projects. The weather is great. The growing seasons are year-round. We have many experienced, friendly neighbors and villagers who are happy to advise and help. And, there is an abundance of cheap, mountain spring water.

Regarding the flags, we have built our farm as a living, four-dimensional work of Data A art. We call it Agroktima tis Eirinis (or Peace Farm in English).

Here is an image of one of the sculptures with the banners, "Science Witness", of which you inquired. It has been moved to a gallery setting in this photo. (It may have well scared away the birds that day on the farm, too.) I will happily tell you more about the art aspect of our project if you ask for it.

http://flic.kr/p/g8SNNa

Fantastic!

I think not using mortar will be to your advantage because it increases the drainage from your beds. I have not seen flags used before, Bird control?

I was lucky to find my whole property is all flat flagstone, It is very easy to build tall retaining walls with this stuff. My challenge will be the crops I can grow.

The property is at just under 6000 ft, So finding crops that will grow at this altitude was a bit rough. I made a friend in Peru that is setting me up with several different tubers that naturally grow at this altitude.

Thank you for the picture, looks like a beautiful place to live!

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Wishing you the best, ATruepatriot!

Wishing you the best, ATP, on your ongoing project.

I first considered manual stonework as daunting, time-consuming and impractical. But, when I worked beside experienced stoneworkers ("stone" is "petra" in Greek) I was surprised at how efficiently and rapidly stonewalls can be erected... not to mention how easily stones can be shaped to workable sizes and to fit by well-placed hammer blows.

Yes, the drainage in our terraced beds is excellent. If not for the water retention qualities from the rich mix of compost from our donkeys, sheep and goats, it would almost be too efficient in regards to our long, hot, rainless summers.

No, the flags are not for bird control. That is not a problem here. The flags in the photo were elements of the five sculptural pieces, features in our namesake art show last month called "Agroktima tis Eirinis" ("Peace Farm").

Thank you and same to you!

I can see yours becoming a very productive plot for you. I agree, stonework is hard work for sure. Like you I am always amazed with the craftsmanship of someone who has the skills to "Shape" stone. Thank you for explaining the flags I was very curious, lol. May your harvest be bountiful!

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