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Soil-Less Farming

Touch the Soil News #920 (Feature photo – NASA Hydroponic Space Food Experiments – photo courtesy of NASA) Inhabitat recently posted an interesting story on the six places where soil-less farming is revolutionizing agriculture. Interesting is where these places are: In stores, where hydroponic appliances grow fresh greens and herbs. In deserts, where aeroponic systems feed roots with soft water sprays. In cities where vertical farming (using hydroponics) is rapidly gaining traction. Underground in abandoned garages, etc. – things like mushrooms or other vertical farm crops with artificial lighting. On the water, with floating farms which includes solar powered desalination technology. At your home with an emerging array of hydroponic…

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Another Interesting Approach to Urban Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #400 Larry and Zhanna Hountz, of Baltimore, Maryland (a city of 600,000) turned one of the rooms in their city rowhouse into a hydroponic micro-green facility. Larry and Zhanna grow some 75 varieties of microgreens all of which are sold to about 10 local restaurants. Called City-Hydro, the growing technique is quite simple. Seeds germinate in food-safe containers on coconut hulks pads, elevated by bamboo sticks above water in the base of the tray. It only takes 10-12 days to grow a microgreen from a seed to the point where it is ready to sell. Using only LED lights and filtered water, the plants require not…

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