New-Age Year-Round Hydroponic Community Garden

Idea:

Develop a demonstration/model hydroponic community garden. Community gardens have always brought entire cities together and have improved the quality of life. We are aiming to take all of these advantages and improve upon them to better help the city of Lowell with its access to fresh produce year-round.

Benefit:

First, planting and harvesting can be done year-round meaning much more produce, especially during the off-season when it is most difficult to grow and buy. It also allows many more residents to have an opportunity to grow due to the increase in harvest cycles per year compared to the one or two with conventional gardening techniques. Second, the vertical design of the hydroponic system will allow for many more plants per square foot. One family could grow more produce with one tower than they could with a 10 foot garden bed while taking up 1/10 the space. This allows for much more accessibility without taking up a lot of land. Last, the hydroponics allow faster and healthier plant growth while also being more sustainable than conventional gardening. Second, the vertical design of the hydroponic system will allow for many more plants per square foot. One family could grow more produce with one tower than they could with a 10 foot garden bed while taking up 1/10 the space. This allows for much more accessibility without taking up a lot of land. Last, the hydroponics allow faster and healthier plant growth while also being more sustainable than conventional gardening.

Location:

2 Comments

  1. I want to know more about this for Personal use. Would you contact me with details on costs. My fear is that this is expensive

    • We don’t do full analysis on costs of ideas, but perhaps the community or the person who submitted the idea would know! We did see that there are several ways to build a system or buy a system for under $1,000, which fits within our community idea guidelines!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.