Vertical Farm and Retail Store Grows Mushrooms and Herbs

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Whether it is a meat-packing plant turned massive vertical farm or a hydroponic community garden in the middle of an airport terminal, there is no shortage of high-tech visions that reimagine the way we grow and distribute food.

This planned Berlin aquaponic farm even incorporates that green architecture favorite of reused shipping containers in its structure.

It's not the only one.

Ben Greene of the Farmery in Raleigh, NC, is currently fundraising on Kickstarter to build a combined hydroponic farm, mushroom growing space and food retail outlet from—you guessed it—reused shipping containers. It all looks quite lovely, and they have prototypes in place to prove it can be done.

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TreeHugger is no stranger to such urban agriculture prototypes, and it is always interesting to watch to see which ones become reality. But it's good to see The Farmery thinking beyond what they can grow themselves—and rather integrating with the local food economy and purchasing excess from the farmers market to sell at their store.

We'll be watching this one with interest.

Tags: Agriculture | Farming | United States