Now, don't get me wrong, farming and growing your own crops (traditionally) is still the best option for many reasons, but allow me to enlighten you in regards to the future of gardening: Aeroponics!!
"Aeroponics" is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment, with no soil and very little water.
NASA began experimenting with sending plants to space in the 1960's, but it wasn't until the 1990's that they truly used aeroponics to experiment with plant and crop production while aboard the International Space Station, and space shuttle. What they discovered, (specifically aboard the Mir Space Station in 1997 using adzuki beans), was nothing short of incredible! The way it works is; plants are started by cuttings or seeds, and placed in the individual growing chambers. A mineral "tonic" is mixed with water and finely misted over the plants/ roots- several times a day. What is ground-breaking with this form of gardening is, there is no soil! No contamination from any diseases or fungus contained in soils, no pesticides, no weeds, and uses 98% LESS WATER than other crops!!! This process maximizes the crop yield, produces clean and ultra-healthy produce, cuts down on your grocery bill, is easy and very user friendly, can be grown outdoors and indoors- and in very small or tight spaces! WOW, need I say more?!!!! And, if you happened to check out my most recent recipe for "Mixed Greens Salad w/ Grapefruit Basil Vinaigrette", you would've read that my salad was made with superior lettuces from the Tower Garden that is pictured! (I really must have one of these garden's myself now!)
What better way to teach our children, (our future farmers), about science and gardening, than to involve them in the process of growing an aeroponics garden! It's incredibly fun, easy, and educational for people of all ages, and especially those with mobility issues.
*****Watch the video below to learn about the recent Aeroponics program at Chicago O'Hare Airport!
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