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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 🙂