US (UT): Provo company builds vertical farm concept to boost water savings

A startup in Utah County is building farms vertically, and the father-son team said it can save 90% of the otherwise lost water. They’re now trying to prove that the idea can be profitable and sell it as the farm of the future.

For Sean Burrows, the quest to build something more sustainable started as a project he and his father, Ken Burrows, did for fun. “We’ve been developing this for well over ten years,” Burrows said. “Just a hobby and a passion, and it turned into something that is now a business for us.”

“These towers actually pull out and are really easy to harvest and plant and clean all in one area,” he said. Eventually, the 1,950-gallon tanks will have some windows,” Burrows said. Stainless steel makes it easier to regulate the temperature inside, making them more energy efficient.

Even the planting process is designed to cut labor costs with the help of sponges made of dirt and coconut fibers. That can be seeded by machine, 36 within seconds. Burrows said the fish and produce will be sold to restaurants and catering companies.


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