Grown in containers

Harvard Office of Sustainability Proposal Grant


Soiless Farming, Urban Gardening



Today, we have farms in very unexpected places, growing in quiet particular ways. Farming facilities have plants stacked vertically within glowing LED corridors and plants grow optimally inside places like a renovated WWII bomb shelter or a converted Sony factory warehouse. In some cases, vegetation roots are suspended inside deep air chambers while fine misting heads pulsate water droplets of 40 microns under steadily controlled monitoring systems. Growing interest in alternative (soil-less) farming methods, such as hydroponics, aeroponics, fogponics, and aquaponics, are continuously forming new kinds of environments- or rather sealed containers, of synthetic naturalism.

Aeropond, a proposal for a scalable aeroponics system, explores how soil-less farming- devised from confronting climate change, soil degradation, and rising urban food demand, offers potential mitigation strategies for the changing climate and landscape. The intention of this project is to promote a sense of urban stewardship by engaging with soil-less growing methods.

Read more on the Harvard Gazette