There is now an Inka Biospheric Systems vertical garden installed at Sanchez Elementary School in San Francisco. It was good to see this sign of modernity in the school gardening movement.
In my view the students at this school will learn much more about plant science and urban food production then they do when growing in the dirt.
Systems of this type have broad applicability in space-short urban schools all across America. Kudos to Inka Biospheric Systems and Slow Food San Francisco for their involvement.
The soil-less vertical garden, which was installed by Inka Biospheric Systems and can be mounted on a chain-link fence, is an option for campuses where space is an issue. As well, solar panels and a wind turbine will power the circulation of nutrient-enhanced water, adding another level of sustainability to this project. Students at Sanchez Elementary will monitor the garden’s energy use, water nutrient levels, and produce outputs over the course of the spring and compile the results in May. The way that the Sanchez Elementary School administration has embraced the garden project makes the school a model on which Slow Food San Francisco can base future Slow Food in Schools projects.