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Indoor Farming

 
Indoor farming includes vertical farming, and container farming
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About Indoor Farming



Indoor Farming has a few names and therefore the new farming concept can be somewhat confusing. The term Indoor Farming can include, Vertical Farming, Intensive Farming, Indoor Gardening, and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). All of these terms are correct when using Indoor Farming as the category.

There is a confusing that Indoor Farming is the same as Urban Farming. This is somewhat correct inasmuch as Indoor Farming facilities are trending in cities and urban areas due to their convenient and intensive growing space. However, Indoor Farming is also a growing trend in country side and rural areas for some of the same reasons, and mostly because of the controlled environment and moisture control aspects of this technology.

Indoor Farming highlights the benefits of controlled-environment growing, low-moisture growing, and benefit of no-pesticide use. All of these features are of great value.

Indoor Farming Structures
Many are not sure of what Indoor Farming actually is. Simply stated, it's any enclosed structure, building, or module to control the growing of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and even seafoods and marine life. Most facilities are permanent, however many are mobile and movable such as those using ISO Containers (shipping containers and ISBU modules). All of these structures are well insulated to ensure maximum climate-control and cost effective growing conditions.

Vertical Farming
Virtually all Indoor Farming is vertical and therefore using the term "vertical" is somewhat redundant.

Indoor Farming is designed to either grow crops vertically such as climbing tomatoes and cucumbers, or growing the vegetables such as lettuces, micro-greens and herbs in layers or shelves of trays, from floor to ceiling. All of these methods are vertical farming, much like efficient normal greenhouses do.

Soil Types
Various soils or growing media are use in the Indoor Farming modules; composted soil; pebbles; poly-mesh; soil mixtures using saw dust and perlite; and also all types of hydroponic growing technologies. All of these growing-mediums are widely used with Indoor Farming projects.

Indoor Farming is a very simple technology to control heat, cooling, moisture, nutrition, uv-light, and all other environmental aspects of growing produce or seafoods.

Mixed Environments
The Indoor Farming concepts include only vegetable, herb, fruit crops or, a combination of vegetation and also fish or other seafood. (see Aquaponics) All of these agriculture and aquaculture technologies are creatively used in the Indoor Farming category.

Indoor Farming is a rapidly growing concept and technology which actually encompasses Greenhouses, Urban Farming, Aquaculture, Hydroponics, AeroPonics, and also Aquaponics.


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[ See also: Urban Farming, Greenhouses, Aquaponics ]