Organic vertical gardening for urban communities
As the world's population continues to increase, other methods of production are being sought after that can help conserve water and save land especially in urban communities. Vertical gardening is a technique by which plants can be grown in a vertical structure without soil, to obtain a maximum possible yield within a particular space indoors or outdoors. Organic vertical gardening is carried out without the application of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers, following the standards and approved inputs of the National Organic Program (NOP). Currently, there is a conflict on the relationship between organic vertical gardens and organic farming practices between urban growers due to the cultivation of plants without soil in the latter. Little to know studies have been done on organic vertical farms as of date. Several cultivars of lettuce, chard, kale, mustard-green, basil and coriander grown in the verti-grow system and were harvested successfully. Automated system called 'Drip Organics' provided organic nutrients to the plants. Perlite and coco fiber media was used in the stacked pots. Although modern organic farming would remain a widely food production method as evidenced by its global acceptance and steady growth, organic vertical farming has a potential to provide food security, year-round produce and ease transportation of food within urban and semi urban areas. This article discussed cultivar trials in organic vertical system on the certified organic farm of the Tennessee State University, Nashville.
Nwosisi, S., Nandwani, D. and Chowdhury, S. (2017). Organic vertical gardening for urban communities. Acta Hortic. 1189, 399-402
leafy vegetable, herbs, semi-urban, hoop-house, yields, food, coco-fibre, perlite