TOUR: Downtown Vancouver’s 5 Acre Farm

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Designed for energy, water and space efficiency, this Vancouver vertical garden yields 8 racks of plantation per day. This type of farming keeps land costs down in urban environments.

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Using space leased from the city in a parking lot, rooftop farming has plenty to offer. This farming method is optimal when it comes to water efficacy, as it utilizes only 8% of the water that a California field would need for sustenance. Spatially, the farm carries a small footprint for the amount of greens it yields.

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Daylight spectrum metal halide lighting is used throughout the greenhouse for general ambience.

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The horizontal motion system is made up of 12 trays stacked vertically, with 3000 trays in total. The computer-operated mechanism allows for lower costing as it requires less physical labour. This increases productivity by better-utilizing man power to control the interior greenhouse settings as necessary, against environmental factors.

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The “walls” in the greenhouse are made up of 2 layers of thin poly that are inflated with dead air in between, acting as an insulator.

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To increase airflow in colder months, carbon dioxide is released to assist the plants.

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The greenhouse roof has shading curtains to provide a controlled growing environment.

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