Indoor vertical farming conserves 95% of water over traditional farming
FarmMotion is a startup that plans to utilize new and innovative technology to make vertical farming a reality in our local communities. Using robotic technology to conserve water, we will provide year-round, homegrown produce.
Imagine plants draping high off of shelves, vegetables flourishing under efficient LED lights powered by solar panels, fresh produce growing in a compact, climate-controlled room – that’s a vertical farm.
It sounds unconventional, but it’s the future of agriculture. Vertical farming conserves 95 percent of water, and reduces land usage by over 90 percent. Its small footprint allows a vertical farm to reside within local communities instead of in distant farmlands, increasing access to fresh, homegrown produce, and reducing transportation costs.
Indoor vertical farms are perfect for climates like Minnesota because they are productive year round.
Modern agriculture is wasteful and inefficient. It pours water on fields, flushing topsoil and fertilizer into our lakes and rivers. We are straining our environment, and vertical farms are the solution. By accurately providing water to the plant’s roots, and only consuming what is necessary, vertical farms eliminate the need for this waste.
One of the most inefficient parts of our food system is the distance your meal travels from a farm to your plate. Imagine driving to the farm where your tomatoes are grown. A vertical farm’s highly compact nature allows it to be strategically located where the food is consumed and not in a far off field. By being an integral part of our community, your tomatoes will be grown just down the street.
Vertical farms also address food deserts directly. Inherently scalable, they can exist in almost any available space, from a backyard to an office in a skyscraper.
Why do we need to change the way we farm?
Modern agriculture has changed more in the last two generations than in the previous 1,200 years. From hand picking produce, to vacuuming up hundreds of bushels of corn a minute, automation in agriculture is what sustains our communities. The next step is to utilize vertical farms to grow exactly what your community needs, and FarmMotion wants to automate that process to truly tailor the growing experience to meet your exact produce requirements.
Indoor vertical farming wastes virtually no water. All the water consumed by a virtual farm literally leaves the farm in the form of the produce itself. Traditional irrigation is nearly 20 times less water efficient.
An indoor vertical farm’s greatest asset is that produce can be harvested year round, and achieve a faster time from sprout to maturation than a traditional farm where the growing season may only be 6-7 months of the year.
Because the farm is indoors, cold winters, droughts, and pests are no longer an issue, the only thing plants need is light.