Urban Farming is now becoming necessity of the time. With urbanization, the agricultural fields are not only reducing but also going far away from cities, ie the ultimate consumers. For the daily requirement of fresh vegetables, vegetables travel 30 to 100 Km before they reach the hands of final consumers. This involves lot of cost & exploitation of natural resources for such transportation. It also causes many other hazards like pollution of all kinds & thereby adding its toll to deteriorating environment. One never knows about the quality of material he consumes.
ELT Team has received urban farming related lessons from the horse’s mouth!
Dr. Dickson Despommier, PhD, is a microbiologist, an ecologist, and emeritus professor of Public and Environmental Health at the Columbia University. From one of these courses, in 1999, he founded the root for this idea of raising crops in tall buildings; vertical farming. While he was on his visit to India, he shared his wisdom of Vertical farming with ELT Team & ELT had set goal of designing & producing suitable system to grow cost effective & profitable food in the fields & also in the urban environment.
ELT India has now developed a systems that can grow few crops vertically in farms & also in urban buildings & structures. ELT provides light weight, modular green roof system which can be installed on the existing structures to grow vegetables & herbs. These systems are made available in the market.
Experiments with Urban Farming by ELT
Urban Farming Offerings by ELT
Green Matrix System
Green Matrix system is successfully implemented for different crops. The distance between the 2 rows and the height shall be given thought. The plants requiring less light can be put at lower level. The leafy plants can be grown in the central to top levels. The flowering or fruiting shall be planted on the top.
The details of structure depend upon the height of the structure. The media recipe of media depends, upon the crop selected. For cabbage, cauliflower, tomato & other crops double height modules are used.
Omnigreen Bio Wall System
The Omnigreen Bio Wall System can be also be used to grow Urban farming. However, one has to make sure that all the plants get sufficient sunlight. One can simply install it @ 45 degrees angle where it can also be designed aesthetically as per the photos attached.
The plants suitable for this system are herbs and leafy vegetables.
Other Innovative Products and Applications from ELT
ELT PRODUCT SYSTEMS
Floating Pillars, Green Globes, Wall Art, Mosaiculture, Portable Green Screens, Urban Farming, Green Matrix Stands, Omni Green Biowall, Green Mats, Home Decor Product.
Spaces that provides view of thick foliage, colours, flowers, waterbodies, filtered ambient light, swaying vegetation, fragrance, choosing natural materials, forms and patterns.