Alterrus Systems is installing North America’s first Verticorp vertical farming system in the middle of downtown Vancouver.
The firm is installing a 6,000 square foot greenhouse on the top floor of an underused five-storey parking lot.
Alterrus CEO Christopher Ng spoke with the Journal of Commerce about the challenges and advantages of building a greenhouse in an urban environment, as well as the steps needed to adapt to uneven but paved ground and factors such as wind resistance.
The greenhouse uses technology from Verticorp which suspends plants from a conveyor system. Once the greenhouse is up and running, it will be able to supply between 150,000 and 200,000 pounds of leafy greens per year.