Green Food Wall at British Zoo now Complete

The VertiCrop food wall is installed with its first crop

The VertiCrop food wall is installed with its first crop

About two weeks ago, i wrote about the VertiCrop™ High Density Vegetable Growing System that was being installed at the Paignton Zoological and Environmental Park in England (http://3.ly/f6X.

This week Valcent Products (EU) Ltd announced that the amazing green food wall was operational and that they’d planted their first lettuce crop.

Built on a polytunnel in the center of the zoo’s Environmental Park, this system will eventually allow for sequential harvesting to provide the Zoo with fresh vegetables daily for its many animal species. Besides lettuce, the VertiCrop™ will produce red chard, mizuna, mixed leaves, and a variety of herbs, edible flowers and fodder crops such as wheat grass and barley. The Zoo will use the VertiCrop™ system to bring more variety to  its animals’ diets  while adding nutritional value from having fresh crops grown on site.

What a great idea – a food-growing wall. Wonder what it would take to have one at my house?