Although we are blessed with the global ability to transport most anything across the world, the topic of a 100 mile diet is a prevalent motivator. The benefits of acquiring regional food has many benefits, not only environmental but also dietary in the sense that we eat with the seasons, and we are supporting a self-sustainable model. Where I live there is a short growing season, and as the weather gets unpredictable, some crops may not survive at all.
So how is it possible to thrive in colder climates without external imports?. This has been a growing topic for me and I would like to share with you some thought on how this is possible. The obvious methods exist, such as; storing and preserving, which primarily includes dehydrating as a Raw Vegan. The other major aspect that is being worked on is the development of an indoor year round grow production. If there is interest in these details, I would love to share in a more in depth article.
The system that I have designed incorporates a new growing technique called aeroponics. Aeroponics is a system that grows optimum crops without soil. The reason this is optimal is that in reality roots don't actually need soil, they need nutrients, air and water. The soil, the earth, is the medium that transports and provides stability to the plant. When we provide a growth chamber for the roots, we supply an optimum amount of air/water/nutrients to the roots via specific atomizing nozzles that perfectly break up the water molecules to a size that plant roots can readily take up. The collar of the plants are supported and are virtually suspended, this provides the mechanical support.
Nasa has done the most research in this field as the reality of growing food in space must be realized for longer space missions. What nasa has found is an 80% increase in growth production, due to the fact that the roots are not taking any energy from the plant to work through soil substrate.
Not only are these techniques optimal for colder climates, there is also further applications where these systems are needed. The major aspect is for the fast deployment of grow systems to countries that just had major natural disasters, (or unnatural like Fukoshima), these systems would provide a quick, sustainable production of food where contamination of soil or minimal water supply exist.
The systems that is being designed is a self sustaining system, meaning that the operation can be run on minimal power, thus a renewable energy can be utilized. L.e.d grow lights, energy efficient pumps are utilized to reduce energy requirements. The nutrients that are to be provided come from the composted parts of the plants and are formulated in a compost tea. Water is purified, aerated and recycled in the system. Thus a closed loop system is achieved.
We have found that most vegetables can be grown in this system, except for root vegetables, Root vegetables are another topic in another discussion about transportable, non-permanent gardens.
Although we are somewhat spoiled with getting pineapples and bananas in the north, the reliance on non-renewable resources are becoming a thing of the past. A self-sustainable model can be realized if the proper steps are taken to insure the bountiful harvests are properly stored and preserved for the winter, and an indoor grow system is maintained. I would be open to discussing this in more details with members, if there is interest. I am developing a blog about about these details, and in the near future plant to provide a link. Thanks for listening.