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Blogger Evan Bromfield Questions the Sustainability of Vertical Farms


Evan Bromfield is a research assistant at the Centre For Food Safety in Washington D.C. and a vertical farming enthusiast and blogger. Read this recent article from his blog that considers what most don’t consider when thinking about vertical farming. 

Designers love to praise vertical farms’ sustainability and combating climate change is a huge part of that, but there’s a lot more nuance than most other articles go into.

Sustainability is not just a measure of how much water your system recycles or how many solar panels it uses, and these resources are not the only things that affect climate change.

Not only that, but also there isn’t just one type of vertical farm: there are farmscrapers, farms that float, rooftop gardens, converted warehouses, and tricked-out greenhouses just to name a few.


The kicker? Each model is going to have entirely different measures of sustainability, especially when it comes to a carbon footprint.

Let’s take the obvious example.  The original farmscraper envisioned by Dickson Despommier, whose name everyone should know, is a 30-story building bearing a tremendous amounts of water and carbon-rich plant weight.  What is such a structure’s carbon footprint?

Looking at one emblematic skyscraper (1 Penn Plaza for the purposes of this exercise), we can calculate the estimated square footage of such a farmscraper.*  Once we have an estimated square footage, we can use a carbon footprint calculator to see where it falls. In New York City, the carbon footprint of one of Despommier’s vertical farms is 63,360 metric tons of CO2 just in construction.**  This means that for every floor built, 2,112 tons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere.  To put that into perspective, the average American produced 19.8 tonnes from 1980-2006 (much higher than the average Chinese citizen who only produced 4.6 tonnes).


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Couple Build DIY Reclaimed Off Grid Tiny Cabin for $7k

Loving the little built-in planter for micro-greens.

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Edibles for an Espalier:

  • Malus: Apple/Crabapple
  • Pyrus: Pear
  • Prunus: Stone fruit (peach, nectarine, plum, almond, etc.)
  • Ficus carica: Fig
  • Citrus: Lemon, orange, tangerine
  • Vitis: Grapes

Ornamentals for an Espalier:

  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Fagus sylvatica culivars ( i.e., tricolor beech)
  • Acer palmatum cultivars
  • Pyrus calleryana (Callery pear)
  • Tilia (linden)
  • Katsura
  • Cedrus atlantica (Blue Atlas cedar)
  • Viburnum

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I “harvested” potatoes from my tower experiment today, and goddamn, was it depressing!! I legitimately got 5 potatoes from the entire bin. That was a lot of effort for nearly zero return.

Other takeaways: there were dozens of worms in the bin that resembled snakes in composition. They were thick and muscular ( versus your standard filmy night crawler ), moved as fast as snakes across the top of the soil and were iridescent in color, not dissimilar from a rubber fishing lure.

I imagine their color was from the soil I used and am still hoping it was the organic potting soil it claimed to be—not that it even matters with this many potatoes to eat.


I’m so sorry that this didn’t work out for you. What do you think happened? These potato towers are my favorite method and has produced well for me consistently.

Were you using commercial soil? Sometimes it is too much in the way of humus for potatoes, and you need to add sand or other inorganic matter to improve drainage and soil mobility. They grow best in a sandy, well-drained, cool loam soil.

Potatoes also require cooler weather to produce tubers: were they in a warm location, or did you have an unusually warm year? I can also theorise that the decomposition of the raw straw mulch heated the soil too much: I’ve seen potato towers done with newspaper, and this might be a lower heat solution.

Related: Potato growing problems - Troubleshooting

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Me, selling can gardens in Montréal - Summer 2012

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Quick Vertical Garden for Strawberries

An old wine case and a waxed paper bag become home to twelve new strawberry cuttings, pruned from runners in the garden.

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When planning a greenhouse, your vertical growing space (benches and shelves) is very important to take into consideration. Are you planning a greenhouse? Let our experts help.

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When planning a greenhouse, your vertical growing space (benches and shelves) is very important to take into consideration. Are you planning a greenhouse? Let our experts help.

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So its getting warmer by the day. I took a trip up to the plot and started to build a set of upright  trellises. Growing vertically helps utilize your space so your able to grow more food in less spaces. In this video I show how I am going about doing this.

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Ha! It worked! Baby salad greens in a pot tower.

This is a new one for me: very water efficient!

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