ABANDONED FOOD FACTORY TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO CHICAGO’S FIRST ZERO-ENERGY VERTICAL FARM.

Located in an industrial area in southeast Chicago, The Plant was before the home of Peer Foods – however it’s set to wind up the city’s firstvertical ranch. The change is as of now in progress and throughout the following couple of years, the manufacturing plant will turn into a zero-vitality, nourishment business hatchery, research office, instruction space, and working urban ranch. Plant Chicago is as of now developing greens and mushrooms and will soon begin fermenting lager and kombucha and bringing tilapia up in an economical framework with zero waste.

The Plant is a large vertical farm in southeast Chicago that houses Plant Chicago and a few other food producing tenants. The city’s first vertical ranch was begun in 2010 and is required to be completely operational by 2016. The plant has a long history of sustenance creation and was last claimed by Peer Foods until deserted – and afterward Plant Chicago purchased the office and started to restore it.

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The Plant is already pumping out greens, mushrooms, bread and kombucha. Eventually, the integrated, sustainable, zero-waste facility will combine a tilapia farm, beer brewery, kombucha brewery, a communal kitchen, aquaponics and energy production.

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According to Inhabitat, the zero-energy facility relies on an on-site CHP system fueled by methane produced in-house by an anaerobic digester. The CHP system will provide energy, heating and cooling, and steam for use throughout the facility. Check out this great video by Today’s Green Minute for an easy-to-understand overview of how all of the elements of the farm are intertwined. As part of the renovation, the team, which was aided in part by Chicago-based SHED Studio, has gutted the interior, cleaned it up, installed the CHP system, a shipping container garden shed, aquaponics grow rooms, and new energy-efficient windows. There’s still a lot of work to be done though, so if you’re in the area you might consider volunteering! The Plant is also open for tours weekly for both children and adults.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/abandoned-food-factory-to-be-transformed-into-chicagos-first-zero-energy-vertical-farm/

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