October 10, 2010

10-10-10 Visit a Vertical Farm

Today is a day of action, coordinated by 350.org as a Global Work Party, and among the 7000+ actions registered on their site, one of the most interesting is an open house at Chicago's first vertical farm.
The most innovative use proposed for The Plant is to develop a test site for implementing aquaponic farm techniques in a “vertical” environment. Vertical farms have been the subject of well-publicized research, both at Columbia University in New York and at Chicago’s own Illinois Institute of Technology. But to date, indoor farming in multi-story, urban buildings has not been attempted on any scale.
They are just a few miles from the IIT campus: 1400 W. 46th Street and you're welcome to vist between 11:00am and 4:00pm. Find out more about it at the blog of developer John Edel.