Vertical Farming for Local Food

Vertical Farming for Local Food

January 20, 2020

As the world’s population grows and people move towards urban areas, locally sourced fresh produce will become more important.

One possible approach is vertical farming with hydroponic agriculture.  Vertical farming would involve using an enclosed facility and growing crops in vertically stacked layers.  In this climate-controlled environment, crops could be grown year-round.  Everything could be controlled to insure optimal production of crops.

The primary approach with vertical farming is to grow the crops hydroponically.  In this approach, a water solution containing the required nutrients is provided to the plants.


Video Spotlight: Growing Up: How Vertical Farming Works


This post is based on TheHill.com article, This is where the food of the future will be grown: Vertical farms offer a number of significant advantages–and they help conserve precious resources, by Eileen Abbot, January 1, 2020, and the YouTube video, Growing Up: How Vertical Farming Works, by The B1M, March 6, 2019. Image source: © Bert Hoferichter / Alamy.

Discussion Questions:

1. What supply chain advantages does vertical farming offer?

Guidance: Vertical farming offers several supply chain advantages.  The first is crops that can be grown closer to urban centers, without requiring farmland that Continue reading

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Oh Christmas Tree… Prices

Oh Christmas Tree… Prices

December 16, 2019

Christmas tree prices remain high for the third straight year, with today’s shopper paying about twice what was charged in 2014.

While prices vary by location, the average is currently around $76 nationwide.  Fewer trees were planted during the recession of 2008, and since it takes about a decade for the trees to mature, the shortfall is being felt now.

To further exacerbate the problem, the strong economy of the last few years has meant that demand for real trees increased by 20% last year, with high demand expected this year as well.  Savvy shoppers may note that the highest prices for trees tend to appear on Cyber Monday, and prices sometimes drop as Christmas draws nearer.


Video Spotlight: Yule Pay More: Shortage Drives Up Christmas Tree Prices


This post is based on the Yahoo! Finance article, Why Christmas trees are getting more expensive, by Ethan Wolfe-Mann, December 3, 2019, and the YouTube video, Yule Pay More: Shortage Drives Up Christmas Tree Prices, by KPIX CBS SF Bay Area, November 29, 2019. Image source: Don Mason/Blend Images

Discussion Questions:

1. What makes forecasting demand for trees difficult for Christmas tree farmers?

Guidance: Since it takes Continue reading

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