Vertical farming

Asked December 10, 2012, 7:57 PM EST

We are looking into producing strawberries via a vertical farming set-up. Are there any educational resources available? We would like to keep soil in the system, so purely hydroponic systems won't fit the bill. I am considering an angled cantilever system with drip irrigation in each trough. Any information about different designs, yield expectations, etc would be greatly appreciated.

Benton County Oregon

1 Response

Hi,

I you google "vertical growing systems for strawberries" you will find a variety of sources of information. Soil is always an option. Focus on drainage. You may not be attracted to "soil-less media" but you might want to compromise. Soil-less media contain sand, perlite, peat moss, mica, etc. Nutrients are supplied in the soil solution, like a media based hydroponic system. You can take this type of media and add soil or compost or whatever. Make sure that you add soil or compost that is free of pathogens and weed seed. Very finish compost, for example. Soil that has been pasturized or solarized. Drainage is critical. As far as structures, you will see that there are a variety of options. Take a look at what is available commercially (on the web) looking for design ideas.

Dan McGrath
OSU Extension