Vertical Farming and Its Plot in Commercial Real Estate
March 21, 2023
In recent years, commercial real estate owners have been shifting towards systems of environmental sustainability that are beneficial to their tenants and staff.
One of these systems is vertical farming, which is exactly what it sounds like. Rather than farming in traditionally horizontal rows, this new technique grows crops on top of each other.
Why? Growing upwards allows for the conversation of space; this results in a higher yield of crops per square foot of land used.
Most properties don’t have the convenience of a large space to dedicate to a garden. But, with vertical farming systems, it only takes a few square feet to grow fresh produce on-site for tenants, staffs, and guests. An abundance of available green space is no longer required for efficient farming systems in commercial real estate. While this system’s techniques require maintenance, they are more sustainable than standard farming.
Aside from saving space, vertical farming can flourish in both indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing more versatility in location. In fact, its produce can survive in multiple property types, from industrial to commercial offices. In industrial property, there is plenty of space for large vertical farming systems that can remain indoors given sunlight and soil have become obsolete in these systems. In commercial offices, the vertical farms can be housed in lobbies, courtyards, rooftops, and other spaces that may be available.
From hydroponics to aeroponics, vertical farming techniques require little space and can be located anywhere space allows. These systems keep expanding and only add to the opportunity for enhancement at commercial properties.