This is the Desert Garden Project and it’s giving Syrian families displaced by war the opportunity to grow herbs and vegetables in the desert. By repurposing discarded mattresses and using their foam as an alternative to the soil in hydroponic farms, these refugees – many who are skilled farmers, are able to have a sense of purpose again.
Meet Freight Farms, a hydroponic farming technology built inside 320-sq. ft. containers that provide local, year-round production featuring fresh, sustainably-grown, delicious vegetables, including lettuces, hearty greens, herbs, etc. All you need is water, electricity, and basic supplies to make this turnkey container farm succeed.
This is Bowery Farming, a high-tech vertical farm startup, based in New York and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors. It’s a part of an emerging high-tech industry that’s reinventing agriculture, with a focus on greens such as lettuce, arugula, and kale. Proprietary software indicates when to harvest and the quantity of water and light needed for each crop, but humans are still needed to work the farm –for now.
This is Inari, based in Cambridge, Mass. that teams up with independent seed producers “using its exclusive computational and genetic toolbox to introduce high-performance crops” that are resilient, drought-free, and require fewer resources. Inari has a Seed Foundry where a plant’s genes are edited – with some genes being removed or inserted, and others fine-tuned.
Sustainable deepwater fish farms could propel the fishing industry into a new direction and in an “environmentally responsible manner” by replenishing depleted wild stocks that have been affected by overfishing and pollution. Marine biologist Neil Sims is helping to spearhead this initiative with Hawaii-based Ocean Era (formerly Kampachi Farms), a start-up that’s established offshore.
This is the N.thing Vertical Farm developed by Seoul-based agricultural startup N.thing. It’s a modular and hydroponic vertical farm that looks like shipping containers, but behind-the-scenes crops are being cultivated under optimal conditions through innovative IoT integrated automation technology. The N.thing Farm is designed to increase the yield of crops significantly more than existing outdoor cultivation.
Dutch company Van der Waay has developed light-weight, safe and innovative machines that clean, chalk, repair and maintain greenhouses. Its high-tech Top Cleaner, AquaJet and Top Sprayer clean the interior and exterior of a greenhouse as well as chalk and coat a greenhouse, which optimizes growth.
Sonam Wangchuk, an engineer who lives and works in the arid Himalayan highlands of the Ladakh region of India, is helping farmers facing a water shortage due to climate change by growing “ice stupas.” By tapping into meltwaters, these “ice stupas, or artificial glaciers slowly release irrigation water for the growing season.
John Deere, arguably the largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the world, is creatively plowing farming into the future. By using electrification, artificial intelligence and automation, and autonomy, it developed a zero-emission, electric compact utility tractor based on the John Deere 1R Series.
More than ever, people want to be more self-sustainable, especially as we’re in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Wherever you may live, whether it’s in a small city apartment or in a home with minimal lighting, you should be able to grow your own crops. The inventors of the Bace Rotofarm couldn’t agree more.