Tower Gardens are vertical growing systems that use aeroponic technology to produce food in small spaces. This Tower Garden represents a partnership between FH King Students for Sustainable Agriculture, University Housing, and the Green Fund.
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We hope this Tower Garden not only highlights the power of local food but also the power of cultivating plants in small spaces to be directly consumed as opposed to being converted into animal feed. The Tower Garden represents a small but vital aspect of the growing movement to address climate change by shifting our consumption and production practices.
In the United States, conventionally produced foods are often said to travel 1,500 miles from farm to plate. This transportation, paired with the high-input production associated with industrial agriculture, accounts for a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Of these food-related emissions, 24% comes from inefficient land use.
Because these towers are meant to prioritize education over mass food production, all produce grown is used for student programming, Harvest Handouts, or F.H. King employees. This project began during summer 2020 when F.H. King’s two Urban Agriculture Directors, Christopher Hastings and Molly DeVore reached out to Green Fund Program Manager Ian Aley. After submitting their Green Fund Application the following fall, the project was approved and the towers were purchased.
Want to help make campus more sustainable? Visit sustainability.wisc.edu/greenfund to learn more!
To learn more about Tower Gardens, check out towergarden.com
Soon to come to Three Lakes and Gordon dining halls!
This program was initially funded by: