Urban Farming Innovations

Vertical Farming

Text: Our Hungry Planet. Vertical Farming

Rooftop and Hydroponic Farming

Brooklyn Grange is a rooftop farm that was started in 2010 and is the largest rooftop farm in the world. They grow 50,000 pounds (22,600 kg) of organic produce each year. This 3-minute time-lapse video shows their 7-month growing season.

Sky Vegetables is a hydroponic greenhouse farm on a rooftop in New York City. Take a virtual tour of the Sky Vegetables garden with Tara from Global Scholars to learn more about Sky Vegetables and hydroponics!

Aquaponic Farming

Definition of Aquaponics

The importance of water

I. Can you label the parts of a plant?

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Check your answers here.

II. We are going to watch a video about the importance of water.

But, first, let’s see what we know about the water cycle and the basics of how water works to grow food.

  1. How do plants tell us they’re thirsty?
  2. How many inches of rain do most garden plants need each week?
  3. What is the process of photosynthesis?
  4. Which of the following nutrients are essential for plant growth: nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus?
  5. Does water help hold up plants so that they can better receive light from the sun?
  6. Does water fill the plant cells and help plants stand tall?
  7. What is the process of transpiration?
  8. What is the process of condensation?
  9. What is the process of precipitation?
  10. Do you know what a rain garden is?

III. Now, let’s watch the video so that you can check your answers to the questions above.

IV. Complete the following definitions with these words: condensation / evaporation / photosynthesis / precipitation / transpiration

  1. the process that helps plants make food using sunlight and carbon dioxide
  2. the process by which water is released from the plant in the form of water vapor
  3. the process by which the water vapor on plant leaves evaporates and joins other water molecules going up in the air
  4. the process by which water molecules come together in clouds as they cool and turn back into the liquid form
  5. this takes place when the air can no longer hold the liquid in the clouds and the water comes back down in the form of rain or snow