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Growing produce in space is closer than we think

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Chuck Spern, a project engineer with Vencore on the Engineering Services Contract, removes a base tray containing zinnias from a controlled environment chamber in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Flowering plants will help scientists learn more about growing crops for deep-space missions and NASA’s journey to Mars. (NASA/Bill White)

“The patent for using LEDs to grow plants was developed through NASA-funded research, and this was in 1990”

By Torah Kachur,
CBC News
Apr 06, 2017

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Generally pretty small at this point. The ISS has a 0.15-square-metre growth chamber. Clearly not enough to feed them, but enough to look at the feasibility of upscaling it.

The reality is the growth chambers that may one day exist on the moon or on Mars aren’t that much different from what we already see on Earth. In particular, hydroponics have been a huge focus of space-farmers.

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April 13, 2017   Comments Off on Growing produce in space is closer than we think

Urban farm in Victoria, BC, expands, hopes to grow 10,000 lbs of produce

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Topsoil’s new space includes 15,000 square feet to grow fresh produce and offers more sun exposure.

CTV Vancouver Island
April 7, 2017

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The local food producer works with chefs in Victoria at the beginning of the season and customizes what it grows based on what the chefs need.

The founder of the business says the open site allows them to operate in full transparency.

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April 13, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farm in Victoria, BC, expands, hopes to grow 10,000 lbs of produce