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AEROPONICS – Farming In Small Spaces With LA Urban Farms

Anyone can grow organic produce in just 30 inches of space using 90% less water than conventional garden that sounds this is so neat 182 should a Wendy Coleman here she is the founder of la urban farms thanks for being here this morning these are so interesting they’re space-age looking but they work and they work now can you show us how do these vertical gardens make it so you can grow fruit vegetables herbs edible flowers without using any soil without using any chemicals sure so this is aeroponics and aeroponics allows us to grow fruits and vegetables herbs and edible flowers all without the use of any soil or harmful chemicals you just need water nutrients sunshine and sea so let me show you how it works yes okay it’s super easy you don’t have any gardening experience in it a 20 gallon reservoir that’s filled with water and nutrients there’s a love what is submersible pump it brings the water to the top of the garden and on the way down it showers all the roots that are hanging in the garden nutrient-rich water over and over again and recirculates until the plants absorb it or it evaporates now that’s all it’s kind of scientific to me but I would imagine you purchase something in all the pieces in parts which they are and the really key thing about the technology is it uses 90% less water it’s not the amazing saying deal yet for us and here in California with a drought nearly everyone so the garden is made up of these sections are all stackable and you can grow between twenty to forty four different plans just by adding more sections it’s all food gray plastic and because you’re growing up vertically you can grow so much more in the same amount of space that you would if you’re on the ground so actually ten times more so it makes a great firm urban settings and unused spaces like parking lots rooftop balcony container it’s a real conversation starter – could you imagine you have someone coming over and going off how do you do that is it faster to grow things with this method in is it’s actually remarkable goes like 30 percent faster than commission or gardening because the plants are getting everything they need with water oxford during the nutrients all day long they’re being spoon fast so they’re going that 2-3 weeks ahead of soil here’s the old man in me talking I love the harvesting I don’t have to bend over sure just like let me get my tomato let me get my spinach that’s really this is really the cool thing about harvesting aeroponic yeah it’s living produce so it’s packed full of a hundred percent of its nutritional value so the difference in the taste is really unbelievable and of course there’s just such a different connection and appreciation to your food you know when you grow it yourself and there’s nothing like eating vine ripe tomatoes and the impact on the environment such a positive one and who is using these gardens so you know what they’re growing we have been growing all over Los Angeles and throughout the country they’re so easily scalable so we have them with families in their backyards at schools with chefs restaurants resorts in hotels all the way to doing a major commercial urban farming and food major food growing you talk about the taste you’ve brought some amazing dishes here this morning with ingredients straight from your vertical garden what do we have here here so right here Disney chef Helen Cavallo prepared these dishes for us we have eggplant parmesan we have a strawberry okay yeah and zucchini muffin all from ingredients from our garden and we have a farm that’s just 15 steps up from her kitchen door making an amazing farm-to-table experience you have a bite it’s real and you know what I gotta say Oh gorgeous I know they’re just so beautiful and I want to show you what you think what you can throw to Adam if you’re a great champ or it’s the better vegetables but something’s really good right here I’m so glad you’re enjoying it you can so you can grow anything that doesn’t grow on a tree like an apple or that’s a root vegetable like a beet you can grow broccoli colonies or anything that doesn’t quite work in this macro things that grow on trees like apples that are things like vegetable like that yeah but you could go strawberries water melons cucumbers spinach tomato it’s an all and I guess if you’re gonna use the water for something use it for something that you can eat and use rather than is something you can look at yeah that is really the key is it’s using 90% less water we have those of you who are interested as well on la urban farms details how you can order your own vertical garden you can go to la urban farms comm or you can follow them an Instagram at La urban farms and I’m sure we’ll have some information on our website as well when depreciating guys love sharing it thank you so much for having me 🙂

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