The Association for Vertical Farming is preparing sustainability standards for urban and vertical farming. Vertical farming presents an attractive option for growing certain vegetables, tomatoes, and herbs on less ground with less water. I think of vertical farming like skyscrapers in a big city--building up instead of out. Vertical farming can provide an intensive growing method in urban areas, offering higher yields and moving the food closer to the people who consume it.Read More
The Schroeder Ag Blog addresses issues facing farmers, ranchers, and businesses involved with livestock, dairy, and meat production.
Large produce growers are bringing the farm indoors. Companies are using vertical farming, LED-lighting, and high-tech data collection systems to grow food in greenhouses, in office buildings, and even in paintball arenas. This is one of the next big things in agriculture and it can help answer two questions: (1) How are we going to feed a growing population, expected to increase to 9 or 10 billion by 2050? (2) How can agricultural companies satisfy consumers’ demand for affordable locally-grown produce?Read More