CAUSES-TV: Vertical Farming


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The University of the District of Columbia is the only public university in the District of Columbia and the only exclusively urban landgrant university in the United States. In the proud tradition of the Landgrant Universities across the United States, we serve a dual mission of offering academic programs and community outreach programs that help to build capacity, expand economic opportunity, and improve the quality of life of the residents of the District of Columbia. The cornerstone of our capacity building initiatives has always been agriculture. Urban Agriculture is our special niche; because the time last I checked, the District of Columbia has no rural space, which is normally associate with agriculture.

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So what does urban agriculture look like? With me today is someone who has been writing the book on urban agriculture. Penny McBride co-founded and started Vertical Harvest in Jackson, Wyoming. The greenhouse occupies 1/10th of an acre at an elevation of more than 6,000 feet, but through hydroponics and a unique stacked design can grow the equivalent produce of 5 acres of farmland using traditional agriculture methods. Vertical Harvest has also designed its greenhouse and operating model to employ people with developmental disabilities.


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