I had not personally been introduced to Aeroponics but in my research for Organic Farming and Sustainable Living this article caught my attention. This young couple have learned how to grow enough volume and variety of food in a very small space to feed themselves and provide an extra full time income for the family by selling the excess to local restaurants and other local food outlets. Growing intensely and vertically and selling locally makes sense for the future. This method is being used on a grander scale so look for that article next.
Benjamin Staffeldt grew up on a farm and works in a garden center so when he and his wife Sara moved into a rental home (a duplex), it was only natural he’d want to start farming his (shared) backyard. They began with containers and then bought a kit greenhouse to extend the growing season and were selling to local supermarkets and restaurants, but the heating bills to farm during Wisconsin winters (with temperatures as low as -70°F) was cutting sharply into their profits.
They knew they had to maximize greenhouse space so they decided to grow vertical and to grow differently. They experimented with hydroponics and finally settled on aeroponics. … The method was actually developed and is being used by NASA because it uses so much less water and the speed of growth is much faster.”….They’re now growing enough in their 10′ by 12′ greenhouse for farming to be Sara’s full-time job.”
Backyard aeroponics: self-sustaining farm for Wisconsin cold from Kirsten Dirksen YouTube 6/2014
I am an RN with over 50 years of experience. I still work 3 12 hour shifts a week at a busy hospital. I owe my good health and longevity to good genes and a healthy lifestyle. My Dad was a chef and I very early learned to cook healthy primarily vegetarian foods. I love to garden and grow my own healthy food. Digging in the dirt is both healthful and therapeutic. Good for us and the environment. I hope you enjoy visiting this site and find the information interesting and helpful.