Chefs want to serve meals made with the finest ingredients. The Chef’s are willing to pay a premium price for fresh, high-quality herbs, salad greens, and other produce. It can be difficult for farmers to supply fresh foods year-round, particularly in cold winter climates. The logistical challenge of transporting fresh produce into the city from farms and greenhouses in the countryside adds another layer of cost and complexity.
With Spacesaver’s help,some entrepreneur have devised a creative solution to this problem. Restaurant basement are being turned into a thriving hydroponic herb-growing business. One indoor farm grows hundreds of different varieties of high-value herbs and micro greens year-round. The farm is less than half an hour away by bike or subway from most of the restaurants that it supplies. This helps lessen the impact on the environment.
Spacesaver’s ActivRAC® Mobilized Storage System boosted the indoor farm’s growing area by over 30 percent.
Boost indoor growing area by over 30%
Spacesaver’s ActivRAC System eliminates empty aisles. This allows more shelving units to be placed in a certain amount of space. The system consists of rails installed in the floor along with “carriages” that move along rails and support shelving units. Clients can install their own shelving or racking on the system. The shelves slide together to completely fill the room and an aisle can be opened by turning a handle or pressing a button.
Minimizes Farms Environmental Impact
Indoor growing gardens offer many benefits for the environment.
- Space saver.
- Effective use of plant nutrients.
- No weeds, fewer pests, and plant diseases.
- Stable and higher yields.
- Control of the whole system.
- Growing media can be chosen and sterilized fast.
- Fewer fertilizers and insecticides used.
- Easy to transplant.
- Able to grow crops all year round.
Benefits of Growing Crops Vertically Indoors
Vertical farming firms are able to produce crops year-round, reduce the use of fossil fuels since machines to transport crops are not required, and water is recycled from vertical layer to vertical layer, leaving neither soil nor water unused. Since these firms grow their crops indoors, extreme weather has no direct effect on the lifecycle of their crops growth, and neither do insects or pesticides. This allows vertical farms to grow quality foods with the possibility to recycle nutritious soil and water.
Benefits of Hydroponics
Hydroponics is proved to have several advantages over soil gardening.
- No Soil Needed
- Make better use of space and location
- Climate Control
- Water Saving
- Effective Use of Nutrients
- pH control of the solution
- Better growth rate
- No weeds
- Fewer pests & diseases
- Less use of insecticide and herbicides
- Labor and time savers