Canada: Calgary Tower new home to vertical farming operation

Big changes are on the way at one of Calgary’s best-known landmarks, which means Calgary Tower will soon have a garden in a surprising spot. The project involves putting in an indoor system for growing produce in vacant commercial space at the bottom of the tower.

For the man in charge of the project, Dan Houston of Agriplay Ventures, it brings back memories of childhood visits to the top of the tower.

Agriplay will be installing vertical growing towers in the Calgary Tower space. “We’re going to be having strawberries, watermelons, cucumbers,” Houston said. It will be an expansion of what Agriplay already has on the go at its existing indoor farming facility in northeast Calgary.

“The system automatically produces the nutrient system and flows into each of the towers,” Houston said. Agriplay’s existing operation grows produce like parsley, peppers, and cherry tomatoes.

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