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Grow Up
by Katy Purviance on 07/07/08 @ 04:32:47 pm
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Since I’m starting grad school soon, my thoughts have turned to two things:

1. My upcoming poverty
2. My resourcefulness for dealing with said upcoming poverty

So I’m considering growing my own food. Right in my little apartment.

I’ve been looking at the AeroGarden (As Seen on TV!)

But how easy is it?

“Plug in?”

“Select your plant type?”

So I’ve also been looking at Oh My Apartment’s “Tips for Starting an Apartment Garden”

and Nancy Wolcott’s Start a self-sufficiency garden even in a cramped apartment

You are sitting there in your recliner chair in your small city apartment desperately longing for the day when you can escape to the country and become a homesteader and become more self-sufficient. Well, don’t just sit there. Get a head start. Bloom where you are planted until you can actually make the big move. Don’t waste valuable time in pointless dreaming. Begin making your dreams a reality, now.


And then I came across this article on vertical farming that I had to share with you.

Vertical Farming, which has been discussed for years, would involve building high rise multi level “Farmscrapers” where farmers would employ sustainable farming practices in a controlled environment. Dickson Despommier, professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia, and one of the true pioneers of this idea, thinks this could ultimately ease the world’s food, water, and energy crises. Despommier argues that the technology to build vertical farms currently exists and that it could be an economical and sustainable solution to a number of problems.

Dickson Despommier was even on the Colbert Report.

Read the whole article. And wish me luck in my quest.

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