Urban gardening taking off at O’Hare Airport
World’s first aeroponic garden in an airport
Sept 15, 2011
September 15, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The world’s first aeroponic garden in an airport will open to the public Friday.
Swiss chard, red habanero peppers, and onion chives are just a few of the 44 different types of organic herbs and vegetables growing in the middle of busy O’Hare Airport. The garden is tucked in the rotunda building, the area that connects terminals 2 and 3. Aviation commissioner Rosemarie Andolino hopes it will become a calming oasis for weary travelers.
“It’s a constant opportunity to cultivate, educate and bring kind of a tranquil area to the airport,” Andolino told ABC7.
The vegetables are growing using a technique called aeroponics. Water and a mineral solution are used as a base instead of soil. Seedlings are started in small cubes made from a natural volcanic ash material. When the plants mature, they are transplanted to tall, circular towers.