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The Doctor of Vertical Farming

17 Nov

Dr. Dickson Despommier, known as the father of modern day vertical farming, has been busy promoting vertical farms (and his book, The Vertical Farm) this month.

Interested in learning more about vertical farming, but only have a minute or two to spare? Here’s the cliff notes version of Dickson’s Vertical Farming vision.

Not enough? Check out the unabridged podcast:  Dickson Despommier on the Rise of Vertical Farming featured on Treehugger.

What was that you said? You want even more?  You can’t get enough of Despommier explaining the many benefits and possibilities of vertical farming? You got it!  Check out the Dr. on Dylan Ratigan’s show on MSNBC:  Rethinking the Future of Farming.

We’re  so glad to see vertical farming getting some well-deserved attention, but we’re a little disappointed that mostly foreign vertical farms are catching Despommier’s attention. While he does mention The Plant in Chicago, there are other companies sprouting up all over the U.S., such as yours truly, that are well on their way to becoming commercially viable.  Either way, we’re grateful vertical farming is gaining traction. Thank you, Despommier, for bringing vertical farming into the spotlight.


DIY Vertical Farming

28 Oct

I’m inspired by all the do-it-yourself-ers out there, and even more surprised to see how many of those handy folks have taken up vertical gardening.

Here’s a look at some homemade and homegrown vertical gardens that practically anyone can build.  Most of these designs require little handy work or construction know-how, and include detailed instructions on how to build your own.


Gutter garden design from Suzanne Forsling:

Suzanne Forsling Gutter Garden


Here’s a great How-To from Life on the Balcony on creating a vertical garden out of a reused pallet.

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Easy VG design made from a fabric shoe hanger, found on Instructables.

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More Gutter love from Aha Home and Garden

And a simple design using re-purposed coffee cans.

And if you’re not the best DIYer, Woolly Pockets offer an easier alternative to constructing a vertical garden from scratch. Check out all the different variations of “pockets” at http://www.woollypocket.com/.

Easy to install Woolly Pockets

Easy to install Woolly Pockets - Indoors or Out


Vertical farms or gardens are a great way to grow  fresh, healthy herbs, fruits and veggies while utilizing small spaces. These designs make it possible for anyone to have their own personal vertical garden, whether its to grow food or to add some life to your walls.   Perfect for city and apartment dwellers, most of these designs can be installed indoors.

Here at TerraSphere, we’re busy developing commercial vertical farms  to bring locally grown, pesticide-free produce to cities and remote communities.  Until you see a TerraSphere vertical farm in your city, perhaps a DIY garden would make a great winter project.  I know I’ll be busy creating my own vertical garden at home, and if it’s not a complete disaster, I’ll be sure to upload pictures 🙂



Seeing is Believing

5 Aug

Recently, the term “vertical farming” has been introduced and widely circulated. It has been used to describe anything from growing patio plants on a trellis, to a wall of green landscaping, to grand visions of towering skyscrapers that cultivate different levels of plants and animals.

TerraSphere Systems LLC has its own definition. With efficient use of water, energy, and space, this practical, highly controlled vertical farming technology is designed to service people anywhere in the world. TerraSphere facilities are expected to provide much needed organic food to remote locations with harsh growing conditions – and they can do so 365 days of the year. In both rural and urban centers TerraSphere technology can reduce the need to transport food long distances. In producing an extensive variety of organic, nutritionally dense local produce the TerraSphere technology has the potential to contribute to a lower overall carbon footprint.

The team at TerraSphere Systems LLC, (now in full production) has been working for many years to perfect this technology. It is hoped that TerraSphere facilities will bring local jobs and quality nutrition to those regions of the world that are in desperate need.

Welcome to the TERRASPHERE BLOG!

9 Jul

As one of the leaders in vertical farming technology, TerraSphere Systems LLC , provides an innovative and sustainable solution to the hunger crisis facing the world’s growing  population. We believe that TerraSphere has the power to improve global health conditions by making fresh, pesticide-free produce accessible to urban and remote  communities worldwide, while dramatically lessening agriculture’s impact on global climate change. With yields up to 10 times greater than greenhouses, vertical farming is emerging as one of the most exciting initiatives in sustainable agriculture. In comparison to both traditional field crops and greenhouses, TerraSphere technology achieves dramatic reductions in land, water, and energy usage. All of our produce is grown in close proximity to the consumer, limiting transportation costs and reducing fuel emissions.

Our facilities are currently producing an abundant supply of fresh, pesticide-free produce in fully controlled COMPACT WAREHOUSE FACILITIES.

  • We are able to grow fresh produce all over the world – everywhere from remote locations to crowded urban centers.
  • Growing food anywhere means a greater safe supply of nutritious food, helping us to meet the demands of our world’s growing population.
  • We fully control the environment for growth – we do not use pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. This unique process eliminates the use of synthetic chemicals, thus reducing costs.
  • We produce fresh, delicious food that has a longer shelf life than field-grown crops.