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Fresh vine-ripened produce on every corner
by Katy Purviance on 07/30/10 @ 12:05:56 pm
Categories: Grow Your Own Food | 336 words | 1323 views

You know how there’s a Starbucks on every corner?

What if there was also a fresh fruit and vegetable stand on every corner?

And what if those fruits and vegetables were grown right there, in that building?

And – imagine now – instead of eating produce that had been picked green, that had traveled thousands of miles, that had been sprayed with ethylene gas to get it to “ripen"…

WHAT IF you could eat produce that had been ALLOWED TO RIPEN NATURALLY?

WHAT IF you could eat produce that had been picked just HOURS after it had been picked?

WHAT IF you could eat produce that had traveled a FEW FEET instead of THOUSANDS OF MILES?


Put a greenhouse on every building.

Reader Orion has written in with his idea for just such a design - the Urban Green House.

I am a big fan of green houses. I illustrated The Earth-Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book. I wrote my Big Paper my first year at Harvard on the use of greenhouses throughout history to affect the microclimate of homes. And someday I will grow my own food out of a greenhouse.

Orion’s letter has me excited about the future of widespread commercial greenhouses.

Visit his site urbangreenhouseproject to learn more. Like what you see? Spread the word to others! This is a fantastic project that will need the help pf others to bring it to fruition. Can you help? We need:

  • Fundraising
  • An architect to make a design study on how it would be built and draw up plans.
  • A cost analysis on how much it would cost to build.
  • An environmental engineer to look at the plans and to make suggestions for automation.
  • These plans will have to be looked at from a business standpoint and see how much the cost would be to start and run a business as a break even analysis.
  • A marketing firm would have to identify areas where people would support such a business.

Contact Orion here:

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