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Metro Vancouver eyes sky-rise farming

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Surrey may be home to region’s first vertical greenhouse

By Kelly Sinoski, The Vancouver Sun
21 Oct 2008

Rooftop gardens and vertical greenhouses could be a sign of the times in Metro Vancouver as the region wrestles with ways to tackle a global food crisis and the effects of climate change.

And Surrey could lead the trend, with at least one developer considering building a so-called vertical farm in Whalley, which is slated to become the region’s second downtown.


Vertical farms could potentially be as high as 30 storeys, with glass walls, solar panels and an irrigation system to grow beds of produce inside.

“We’re trying to look at the future and the future is going to be some form of urban agriculture,” Surrey Coun. Marvin Hunt said. “I’d like to see it right in the city centre.”

See complete article in the ‘Vancouver Sun’ here.

See ‘Scientific American’ – Earth 3.0 Special Issue – October 2008 here.
“Growing Vertical’ – Cultivating crops in downtown skyscrapers might save bushels of energy and provide city dwellers with distinctively fresh food.

See ‘The Future of Food – How Science Will Solve the Next Global Crises.
Wired Magazine: November 2008 here.

See the Vertical Farms web site here.

2 comments

1 Jody Sass { 01.03.11 at 6:58 am }

Thats awesome, Where do i sign up? I want to be a part of this ..

2 Svetlana { 04.28.11 at 1:11 pm }

Hi! The idea of Vertical farms is great!