STEAM Garden, January 2019

Why do we call it a STEAM Garden? Maybe it’s because the garden uses STEAM concepts to grow delicious vegetables. Or maybe we call it a STEAM Garden because of the nutrient fog/spray the plants grow in. Maybe it’s both! Perhaps what is more important is that dirt is not a component in our garden. Instead of dirt, a solution of measured nutrients is sprayed onto the root system, this is called Aeroponics.

Youth learn to measure volumes and proportions while prepping the solutions for the garden
Youth learn to measure volumes and proportions while prepping the solutions for the garden
Aeroponics is an alternate form of gardening related to Hydroponics and Aquaponics. This spray is what differentiates Aeroponics from hydroponic or aquaponic systems. The process we currently use is a low-pressure aeroponic system, a common variant. These alternate forms of growing foods may help us meet nutritional needs in the world as the world population continues to grow. Systems such as these will be vital for feeding space explorers who travel beyond our planet, such as manned missions to Mars. Such growing systems will provide the first continuous sources of food on planets void of life. After generations of growth, it may be possible to begin terraforming with the compost made from these gardens. Such gardens may also be instrumental to air purification in the early settlers’ enclosed bio-domes.

Back here on Earth, systems like these are proving to be powerful replacements to traditional farms. They require less space and resources. In most cases Aeroponics will require 90+% less water than a traditional farm. Such farms can be found within cities around the world and even in the desert. Since they require very little floor space, and can be stacked vertically, such systems can be grown in apartments and homes with little yard space and can offer an excellent source of fresh greens all year round. (Plus the sound of trickling water is very soothing)
[Further Reading: NASA and the VEGGIE program | NASA ]
[Further Reading: How the Netherlands Feeds the World | National Geographic ]
[Further Reading: Dubai will be Home to World’s Biggest Vertical Farm | Smithsonian Magazine ]
[Further Reading: Growing Greens in the Spare Room… | New York Times ]

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Kevin using a soft paint brush to pollinate Jalapeño flowers so the peppers will grow
Kevin using a soft paint brush to pollinate Jalapeño flowers so the peppers will grow

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