After so long stuck at a desk going through literature reviews, reading articles on vertical farming, interviewing agritechnology experts and brainstorming, the time is finally here to put the foot to the accelerator and get going with the practical part of our research.
The aim is to build a small indoor farm inside an insulated shipping container, using LED grow lights, temperature control and our special adapter on one of the growing racks. We'll be measuring growth, and wellbeing of the plants. Ideally all the nutrient feeds will be automatic but this will depend on how much money we can raise.
The hydroponic kits are ordered one to use with our adapter and one for control.
We need a mobile air conditioner to maintain temperature and humidity control, LED grow lights, nutrients, seeds, seed planters, sensors and electrical equipment. Ideally we would like to have automated nutrient control but that will depend on how much money we can raise!
And that's the second part of the journey, our fundraiser is now live https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/6799-vertical-farming-a-collaborative-science-experimentwww.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/6799-vertical-farming-a-collaborative-science-experiment
I just have to hope that there are other people as keen as me to figure out a solution to reducing our water and land needs for food supply, and making it more local and accessible. Plus the added bonus of upskilling our youth on agritech, automation and robotics.