‘Farming indoors is not a new concept, per se, as greenhouse-based agriculture has been in existence for some time. Numerous commercially viable crops (e.g., strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, herbs, and spices) have seen their way to the world’s supermarkets in ever increasing amounts over the last 15 years. Most of these operations are small when compared to factory farms, but unlike their outdoor counterparts, these facilities can produce crops year-round.’ (Despommier, 2011)
How do we make this happen?
No one likes to jump from one lifestyle to another and vertical farming is a huge régime change to many. What we must do is integrate small-scaled projects that enhance our knowledge and experiences with such a lifestyle and to do this we recruit designers like Clement Sarrodie and his ‘Botanic Hydroponic Furniture’ project. Sarrodie’s designs combine aesthetics, style and agricultural features into one subject which produces multiple clean-cut furniture that use the hydroponics system. The Hydroponic system is the ‘cultivation of plants in nutrient-enriched water, with or without the mechanical support of an inert medium such as sand or gravel. Fertilizer solution is pumped through the system periodically.’(Merriam-Webster, 2014)
‘Teburu’, the coffee table design by Sarrodie would be the most favored design out of the three due to its practicality. The design saves space and has actual functionalities of a coffee table which is in contrast with the other two seem more like decorations or just like any other normal gardening plants being displayed. The fresh design of the product allows the user to be more acceptable and adaptable with the system as the use of white, wood and greens all give off a unsoiled, peaceful and natural impression. Sarrodie successfully integrated a small-scaled vertical farm into a normal everyday lifestyle, which causes no disturbances and/or excess space.
Why Vertical Farming?
This is because vertical farming uses minimal land but at the same time maximizes production. This ultimately leads to less farmland use which can ultimately be recovered back to it’s natural state. Although this recovery stage may take a long period of time, we can always find other alternative ways to overcome this crisis. In the TEDTalk below, Shubhendu Sharma talks about how we can build a tiny forest in a short amount of time. We can use this idea and put it into a larger scale to help speed up the process, of course with guarantees that it won’t further damage the unoccupied farmlands.
At the end, it’s all about sustainability.
Despommier, D. 2011, The Vertical Farm, viewed 14 October 2014,
Merriam-Webster. 2014, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, viewed 14 October 2014,
Sarrodie, C. 2012, Botanic Hydroponic Furniture, viewed 14 October 2014,
Sharma, S. 2014, How to grow a tiny forest anywhere, viewed 14 October 2014,