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5 thoughts on “ORD Airport Vertical Gardens Feed 10,000 People Per Year

  1. Nice idea but the indoor vegetable garden is not sustainable if they’re using additional electric lighting (as opposed to daylighting). The O’Hare garden in the video appears to require a lot of electric lighting.

  2. Very Cool.
    I remember seeing something very similar at NASA back in the early 80s that they were promotining as gardening of the future and the solution to the food challenges. they even went to far as to convert urine into a drinkable water source for the human and the crops.

    Always wonder why it never really caught on, or why we dont see more mass production of hydroponics and veritcal gardens.

  3. When you’re evaluating whether the garden is sustainable, as one of the commenters did above, the comparison needs to be with how this amount of food would otherwise be grown, transported and distributed. In other words, how does it stack up against the usual restaurant food at airports, which I wager are grown conventionally and transported from a great distance.

  4. We just started a single tower garden. we are using the 120VAC LED lights. The white LED’s for the leaf growth and the warm white for the flowering and fruit growth. It seams to be working well with very low power usage. The total light usage for the two germinating lamps the two rooting lamps and the four tower LED’s comes to total of 60 watts. The pumps are only on for 1 minuet and off for 15 minuets. So it can be done with lamps. These are normal household LED floods.

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