We caught up with Penny McBride, co-founder of Vertical Harvest Jackson Hole, to discuss the challenges of running a commercial urban farm, why the best greenhouse engineers are from Europe, and much more!
Jackson, Wyoming is home to one of the world’s first vertical greenhouses located on a sliver of vacant land next to a parking garage.
This 13,500 sq. ft. three-story stacked greenhouse utilizes a 1/10 of an acre to grow an annual amount of produce equivalent to 5 acres of traditional agriculture...
Sometimes one of hardest parts of starting your urban garden or growing project is not knowing what crop is the "best" to start off with.
After reading this article: You will have more information on the specific requirements and best practices for seven vegetables and herbs that can be grown relatively easily compared to other produce so that you can have the most success possible, even in your first attempt (or two).
What's #1 on the list?
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At Urban Vine, we have thousands and thousands of subscribers who hail from all over the world (picking my 5 most recent conversations, I get:
1. Dubai, UAE
2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
3. Hamburg, Germany
4. Genoa, Italy
5. Hermosa Beach, California, USA
In these locations there are many different cultures, climates, and cuisines.
But, for urban farmers in any of these places, there is one thing needed without question to grow any fruit, vegetable, flower, or herb.
What is that you ask?
So what are the basics of seeds?
A quick urban farming story....I was recently at the Perennial in San Francisco. It's one of the first "zero emission" restaurants in the United States.
The coolest part? The salad I ordered was grown aquaponically right next the table I was sitting at, less than 10 feet away from me.
Most restaurants are not sourcing this locally.
According to one study in 2013 by the WorldWatch Institute titled "Globetrotting food will travel farther than ever this thanksgiving", the average piece of produce will travel over 1500 miles on average in the "modern" supply chain.Photo Courtesy of Perennialsf.comWhat's the point?
The modern supply chain is not perfect. Local food production is growing, and there are opportunities for local producers to learn urban farming, turn a profit,or even just grow urban crops on a small scale.
The facts below highlight the future opportunities in urban farming, if there's one thing you take away from the article, remember that.
With that in mind, let's get into 99 urban farming facts, as promised.
Patrick from Urbanvine.co recently caught up with Eric Amyot, CEO and co-founder of Modularfarms.co, a start-up company developing new cutting edge solutions for commercial urban farmers.
Topics we discussed included:
- unit economics of an urban farm
- what you absolutely must do before selling any produce
- lighting for profitable urban farming
- the types of crops to consider when generating an ROI
and much more!