The world’s first commercial vertical farm recently opened in Singapore, ushering in a new era of urban agriculture. The small South East Asian country currently grows less than 10% of its own produce, relying heavily on foreign imports. However, innovative urban agricultural solutions are changing this dynamic, encouraging the development of more sustainable practices. The first of these initiatives is a vertical farm constructed by Sky Green Farms. The massive steel and aluminum structure consists of 120 towers which stand 30ft tall and contain trays of stacked planters. The new facility produces 5 tons of fresh vegetables every week, which are sold at a locally-owned chain of markets. The project’s early success has inspired additional development with the goal of bringing more fresh, local and sustainable produce to Singaporeans.
At Studio G we strongly believe that urban agriculture is a critical element in the creation of sustainable cities, and we are continually looking for innovative ways to incorporate elements such as vertical and rooftop farming into our projects.
For more information, please see the following links:
Sky Green Farms: http://skygreens.appsfly.com/Events
Relevant article from Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/the-worlds-first-commercial-vertical-farm-opens-in-singapore/