TOUR: Downtown Vancouver’s 5 Acre Farm


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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

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