Invincible City Farms integrates biological and mechanical practices that promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Using innovative, cutting-edge agricultural techniques, the farm will be able to grow food 365 days a year, regardless of location or climate. See below for more details about the different agriculture technologies and growing techniques we employ to efficiently grow plants.
From Brownfields to Heathfields
Soil healing/soil health is the first step in the transformation within the City. A vegetative cap is a longterm self-sustaining cover of soil and organic material which overlays and seals materials from the City’s industrial past which could pose an environmental risk. ICF uses a cap as the foundation and then adds clean soil to grow upon.
ICF uses regenerative farming techniques such as Hügelkultur beds, rotational farming, and the use of cover cropping to ensure the health of our crops. These techniques also allow ICF to function using rainwater instead of public water.
Indoor Growing Systems
Indoor agriculture is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. As the ever increasing population continues to grow and urbanize, farmers are opening indoor facilities closer to these urban areas creating a local, stable, and sustainable year-round food supply.
Green House planting has long been a way to grow crops that are out of season. However, modern technology allows planters to control humidity, light, temperature, carbon dioxide levels, air circulation, and much more. This allows for the ability to control growth rates, increasing crop yields while using less water and resources than traditional farming methods.
Hydroponic farming is the process of growing plants not in soil, but in water. The plants are suspended, and their root systems hang down into the water. The water is enhanced with nutrients, allowing the plants to draw the minerals they need directly from the liquid. This type of farming is very effective, resulting in up to 80% less water waste than normal farming methods.