Growing Food in the Urban Environment
Today at the office we took a time out during lunch to plant vegetables on the rooftop of our building. Using 100 EarthBoxes, we planted everything from lettuce to hot peppers. It was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to fresh salads throughout the summer.
I only recently learned about EarthBoxes through a colleague at work, who has a significant amount of experience in the world of urban agriculture. The way the boxes work is that they have an aeration screen at the bottom that serves to create a reservoir for water. You then fill it with water regularly and, through capillary action, the soil is kept properly watered with minimal maintenance. They’re explicitly designed for growing on balconies, terraces and rooftops.
I was so impressed by the boxes today that I came home and bought 3 margarita lime green EarthBoxes for my own terrace. They’re only $30 if you buy 3 at a time. I think urban farming is something that we’re going to need to do more of in the future and so I wanted to give it a try myself. It’s healthy and environmentally sustainable, and I’m sure everything will taste great.
I plan to start with lettuces, kale, cucumbers and hot peppers in my terrace garden.
Brandon Donnelly is a real estate developer, internet entrepreneur and blogger based in Toronto. His passions are cities, real estate, design and technology.
He presently works at TAS, where he oversees the development of mixed-use condominium projects. He’s also cofounder of condo review site Dirt (thedirt.co). Prior to this, he worked in the development group of Morguard Investments on ...