In 2018, the agricultural entrepreneur Tusya Garibashvili co-founded 'Space Farms', an innovative project based in Tbilisi, Georgia.
"Space Farms is an indoor vertical farm. Our facility grows vegetables across approximately 150 square meters. However, the growing area is only 60 square meters, as we cultivate vertically," Tusya tells Scenes.
Georgia is a small country that primarily applies conventional farming techniques. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Georgia has only 788,000 hectares of land available for agricultural production. Nevertheless, around 659,000 people are engaged in the agriculture of Georgia, most of whom work on their small private farms.
"Vertical farming can help us grow more vegetables with less space, less water, and zero pesticides," says Tusya. "We save water by recycling it. After filtration, the water is reincorporated back into the system. So, we use 80% less water than traditional farms," she adds.
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