Vertical farming is an innovative way to garden and conserve water. By stacking multiple “shelves” of vegetation, one can reuse water as it drains from one raised bed to another. This format of farming is an effective way to produce lettuce, kale, and other greens. It is also an effective way to contribute to water conservation because as each “shelf” is stacked above another the water used trickled down through each level. At the bottom is a “catch all” where excess water can gather then be redistributed with a pump to the top shelf. This repetitive cycle is a productive method to conserve water because it prevents vegetation from being over watered.
Vertical farming is beneficial in the process of preserving water as it is a necessary for life. But it also requires less land. Research has demonstrated that vertical farming works best with leafy greens as the roots don’t require the same amount of soil and depth. This provides more land for livestock, other agricultural commodities, and provides a sustainable method to grow agriculture in dry places.
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