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Vertical farming: grow more with less space! 🍅

Oct 2, 2023 | Vertical Culture

The future of agriculture is not drawn on the horizon but towards the sky. 

In a world where space is precious and the demand for food is growing, vertical farming emerges as the ingenious answer to these challenges. 

Imagine successive layers of crops stacked on top of each other, transforming urban buildings into green oases. 🌱 

Instead of expanding fields endlessly, we now cultivate vertically, maximizing every square centimeter. 

Vertical farming is not just about saving space; it redefines how we produce our food. 

In this article, discover how this revolutionary method allows you to cultivate more while occupying less space. 🏙️

 

What is Vertical Farming?

Vertical farming is an innovative method of cultivating plants by stacking multiple layers, usually inside specifically designed or adapted buildings, such as greenhouses or even skyscrapers. 

Instead of spreading horizontally over vast stretches of land, it maximizes space by using height. 

These systems often use hydroponic or aeroponic technologies, eliminating the need for soil. 

For example, imagine a multi-story building where each floor is filled with lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs, all growing under LED lights. 💡

Vertical farming offers a promising solution for producing food locally in urban areas, while saving space and resources. 

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What Can You Grow with Vertical Farming?

Vertical farming, thanks to its ability to closely control the growing environment, allows cultivation of a wide variety of plants. 

Here are some examples of what can be grown using this method:

🥬 Leafy Vegetables: Lettuce, kale, spinach, arugula, and other leafy greens are commonly grown in vertical farms due to their rapid growth cycle and relatively simple requirements.
🌿 Herbs: Basil, cilantro, parsley, mint, and other herbs often find their place in these systems due to their high demand and added value.
🍓 Small Fruits: Strawberries and raspberries can be grown vertically, although it requires more careful management.
🏥 Medicinal Plants: Various plants used for their medicinal or nutraceutical properties can be grown in vertical farming.
🌸 Edible Flowers: Flowers like nasturtium and marigold can be grown for culinary purposes.
🥕 Root Crops: While more challenging to manage in vertical farming, crops like radishes or baby carrots can be grown.
🌱 Microgreens and Sprouts: These tiny plants, harvested just after the first true leaf (cotyledon), are perfect for vertical farming as they require little space and have a rapid growth cycle.
🌾 Cereals and Grains: Some innovators are experimenting with growing grains like wheat, although it remains less common.

It’s important to note that the success of these crops depends on many factors, including the specific system used, controlled climate inside the vertical farm, provided nutrients, and light management. 

Technology and research in this field are evolving rapidly, meaning the list of plants that can be grown vertically continues to expand!

 

The 10 Advantages of Vertical Farming with Montel, GreenRak, and SAFERAK®

Let’s dive into the innovative world of vertical farming by exploring the major advantages offered by Montel, GreenRak, and SAFERAK®. 

These cutting-edge systems redefine how we grow, combining technology and sustainability. 👇

 

1️⃣ Space Optimization

Space optimization refers to the ability to efficiently use every available square centimeter, especially in confined environments. 

In the context of vertical farming with solutions like Montel’s, this means stacking crops, maximizing production per square meter. 

For example, a 500m² warehouse could potentially host the equivalent of several hectares of field crops thanks to this vertical optimization.

 

2️⃣ Flexibility

Flexibility in vertical farming allows for quickly adapting and reconfiguring growing spaces based on changing needs. 

For example, with the SAFERAK® system, if a farmer decides to switch from growing lettuce to taller plants like tomatoes, they can easily adjust shelving levels to accommodate this new crop, without having to overhaul the entire setup.

 

3️⃣ Uniformity

Uniformity ensures that all plants receive similar growth conditions, ensuring consistent and quality production. 

With the GreenRak system, for instance, the uniform placement of plants on shelves ensures each plant gets the same amount of light, water, and air, resulting in a harvest that is uniform and predictable in terms of size, color, and flavor.

 

4️⃣ Automation

Automation in vertical farming streamlines operations by minimizing human intervention, increasing efficiency and precision. 

With the SAFERAK® system, farmers can add a system to automate irrigation, lighting, and air circulation. 

This technological integration ensures optimal conditions for plants while saving time and energy.

 

5️⃣ Sustainability

Sustainability refers to solutions designed to last, minimizing environmental impact and long-term costs. 

Systems like Montel are built with sturdy, corrosion-resistant materials, ensuring increased longevity. 

For example, this means fewer replacements and repairs, thus reducing carbon footprint and overall operational expenses.

 

6️⃣ Safety

Safety in vertical farming ensures protection for both crops and workers. 

Our systems are designed to prevent risks of collapse or damage.

For instance, their robust shelving can prevent accidental falls of equipment, ensuring a safe working environment while preserving the quality and integrity of crops.

 

7️⃣ Urban Farming

The ability to farm in urban areas reduces the distance between production and consumers, promoting the freshness of products. 

With systems like GreenRak, an urban warehouse can be transformed into a productive farm. 

For example, an abandoned building in Montreal could easily become a source of fresh vegetables for local residents, thus reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

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8️⃣ Logistics Optimization

Logistics optimization facilitates the management and flow of agricultural operations, enhancing efficiency. 

With our systems, access to crops is simplified, and stock management becomes smoother. 

For instance, mobile shelving can be reconfigured to facilitate harvesting or maintenance, minimizing unnecessary movements and speeding up processes.

 

9️⃣ Year-Round Cultivation

Year-round cultivation means continuous production, regardless of external seasons. 

Environmental conditions are controlled, allowing regular harvests throughout the year. 

For instance, in the heart of winter when fields are frozen, an urban vertical farm could still provide fresh and juicy tomatoes to the local population.

 

🔟 Minimization of Environmental Impact

Minimization of environmental impact aims to reduce resource consumption and harmful emissions. 

Systems added to shelves like SAFERAK® use water and energy more efficiently. 

For example, closed-loop irrigation can reduce water consumption by up to 90% compared to traditional farming, while also avoiding runoff of pesticides or fertilizers, thus protecting surrounding ecosystems.

 

At Groupe SOMR, we specialize in custom shelf solutions tailored to each specific need. 
Our experience and expertise in shelving position us as the ideal partner to realize your projects, whether it’s vertical farming, storage, or other applications. 
Every space has untapped potential, and with our solutions, you can maximize it. 
If you have a project in mind and are looking for top-quality shelves, don’t hesitate to contact us. 📱
Together, let’s transform every square centimeter of your space into optimized potential! 🌱

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