Urban Farmer’s Underground GardenWednesday, November 14, 2018
Urban Farmer, Portland’s Steakhouse, Portland, OR
Recently, Urban Farmer Portland had the priviledge of hosting a group of students from Hallinan Elementary for site tour. These young scholars are interested in food science issues; specifically, how we grow food in space to support human life in the long-term. Urban Farmer’s underground garden may seem like an unorthodox place to study Growing Food in Space but our Aqua- and Aeroponic gardens are earthbound means to do just that!
While speaking with Jeff Brown, our General Manager and parent of two Hallinan graduates, the kids considered the obstacles associated with producing food in zero gravity. Aquaponic gardens, which utilize waste from fish to fertilize plants, are a sustainable means of growing produce which Urban Farmer practices on-site. One student wondered, “Can fish stay in water in no graivity?” Another asked Jeff how long it takes to grow produce in the Aeroponic garden (a high-efficiency vertical farm that is run on blue and red LED lights.) We were proud to partner with these future Space-farmers from Hallinan and hope that we helped to encourage little imaginations when it comes to food science!