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Seeds of the Future: Aeroponic Farming

Aug 04, 2016 12:48PM

by Karisma Tamez

Growing food can save money and is guaranteed to be fresh. Homegrown produce doesn’t get recalled, while commercially grown produce often lacks vital nutrients. Home gardening gives people the right to control what goes in— and on—what is grown and eventually consumed.

July is the ideal time to plant many varieties of legumes, broccoli, carrots, corn, cucumbers and kale—yet planting choices are often decided by how much time one wants to spend outdoors, knees in the dirt, under the hot Texas sun.

With climate change bringing intense heat and water shortages, more people are becoming increasingly mindful of the resources needed when planting in traditional garden beds. Reports published in EcoWatch and City Farmer tout the efficiency and environmental benefits of using non-traditional planting systems such as aquaponics, hydroponics and using aeroponics— a process of growing plants in an air or mist environment, without the use of soil—and require far less land and water than traditional growing methods use and can grow crops faster, while producing greater yields on average, which means families can be enjoying abundant, nutritious harvests just weeks after planting. Most aeroponics systems employ vertical growing methods, thus making growing food an option for city dwellers and those limited to small spaces.

There are many methods using aeroponic technology, including the Tower Garden, by JuicePlus. The Tower Garden is a vertical, compact design and closed-loop system technology that uses the same aeroponic technology NASA does, by growing plants with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. It has 20 ports for plants and will ship with a set of seeds to help growers get started.

Greens and leafy vegetables are great nutrient-dense foods that can pack a lot of healthy benefits into a little package: vitamins, minerals and diseasepreventing phytochemicals; as well as improved brain function. Since fruit-bearing crops are sensitive to cold weather, they will take easily in the summer wherever one chooses to set up a Tower Garden— indoors or outdoors—in the home, office, restaurant or classroom.

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