Vertical Farming, feeding the future

While I was reading this article, I mistakenly thought they were referring to vertical integration of the farming industry.

I'm happy to report my wrongness or, at the very least, my inability to read slowly.

Vertical farming is way cooler than vertical integration. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the coolest, vertical farming is a twelve. There is even a project aptly titled The Vertical Farm Project. At it's most fundamental vertical farming optimizes the use of space to create beautiful, sky-bound gardens to feed communities. There may be cons to this nifty idea, but you will not convince me of them until you convince me that pyramids suck. They don't, by the way. We could have pyramid gardens! Sign me up, The Vertical Farm Project! Click on the Pyramid of Green Goodness to see more possible designs.

This is just a neat idea. Animal Place won't have a vertical farm, but we will have a community garden. It will be vegan and little children may romp and pull carrots to consume like rabbits (twitching nose optional). We'll educate people on how to create their own community garden or how to grow small, urban gardens. Mainly, we want people to learn how to feed themselves - it's beautifully simple, really.

And if you are anywhere near NJIT (which sounds like n-idjit, but I won't hold it against New Jersey's science and technology school) on September 30, definitely head on over to hear vertical farming advocate Dickson D. Despommier speak. The event is free (yes, please!) and is from 3:00-4:30 pm in the NJIT Campus Center Atrium.