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Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines
The Aeroponic Vertical Farm is made up of an array of bamboo parallelograms that are formed to create stepped terraces of rice fields. Located in cities, these compact farms would not only help grow rice for the area, but also create jobs and provide space for the community to gather and interact. The urban location avoids unnecessary transportation, packaging and storage to bring the product right to where it is needed and consumed.
The farm makes use of aeroponic gardening, which is different than hydroponic in that is sprays water directly onto the roots of the plants. This greatly reduces the amount of water and energy needed for growing plants. Commercial aeroponic farms are expected to reduce water and energy use by 90-95%. Water is pumped up to the highest tier and then gravity fed down to the rest of the plants. The terraced facility also provides places for children to play, as well as a place for adults to meet and socialize.
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