Our Vertical Farm
The Vertical Farm at the Montessori School of Denver—the first of its kind nationwide--is housed in an up-cycled, 40' shipping container that is capable of growing an acre of food in 320 square feet. This environmentally-controlled, indoor, vertical farm uses energy-efficient LED lighting and Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) hydroponic technology, along with a cutting-edge computer system, to grow food sustainably. This system makes it possible to cut the cost of growing local food by reducing water usage by up to 90% compared to traditional agriculture.
MSD’s unique "greenhouse" design allows everyone the opportunity to see what’s growing inside the box. Montessori lessons happen inside and out. Middle School students work inside the box on the components of the hydroponics system and how they all work together. They learn the ins-and-outs of what it takes to grow plants sustainably without soil, and how to grow hydroponic greens such as kale, chard, oak leaf lettuce, butterhead lettuce, romaine, and bok choy.
With this new learning space, students of all ages learn about the future of farming. A wireless microphone system allows our Vertical Farmer to communicate with students sitting outside the box to extend the reach of this unique classroom.
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