This domestic VF structure could be revolutionary

This domestic VF structure could be revolutionary

Vertical farming has been around for a while in multiple forms for a variety of different products. With efficient use of space and water, this modality is aimed at growing as many plants as possible in a sustainable way, the main priority for the global agriculture industry today.  

Some vertical structures, like the one presented by L’Agricantina, an Italian company dedicated to cultivation in aquaponic and hydroponic environments, at Macfrut 2023, can hold up to 300 plants per 10.763 ft². 

“The characteristic of this vertical form that we patented is that every plant has its own water reserve, which is useful if there is a power outage and you can't activate the water pump. It also requires just one pump for 10,000 plants which works 20 hours per day, making it very efficient in water use,” explained Carvaglia Massimo from L’Aagricantina during an interview with FreshFruitPortal at last week's event. 

The water tank is located beneath the structure which holds the plants and then it is pumped to the top of each tube from where it falls down into each individual slot. Any water that is not used in the reserves falls back into the tank, allowing even more efficient use of the water. 

The small water and fertilization reserve under each plant slot slows down the frequency with which each plant must be watered.

Slot for the plant with a water reserve base

“We have created a domestic system as well, for restaurants, houses, hotels, and even offices because it can be used indoors along with a LED lighting system which can be placed on the structure,” said Massimo.

Every domestic structure can be personalized, from the size to the material that it is made out of. Each one can be painted and personalized. 

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Photo: L’Aagricantina



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