02 Apr '12, 1pm

A Vertical Garden Feeds 10,000+ Visitors to Chicago O'Hare Airport

A Vertical Garden Feeds 10,000+ Visitors to Chicago O'Hare Airport

Growing Your Greens /Video screen capture John of Growing Your Greens has been busy in Chicago. No sooner does he post a video of an old meat packing plant morphing into a gigantic vertical farm and food processing facility , than we also get a visit to an urban garden that is bang in the middle of Chicago O'Hare airport. Using an aeroponic Tower Garden growing system, the garden is growing lettuce, greens and herbs for airport restaurants with an almost zero transportation footprint. Growing Your Greens /Video screen capture There is always a significant energy footprint involved with growing food indoors. As John notes, the lighting alone is likely to be sucking up a considerable amount of energy. So it would be nice to see a way to power the lights with renewables and/or to use piped natural sunlight to provide at least some of the lumens needed to keep these plants hea...

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