Many people understand the greenhouse of the future as what, in some cases, is already the greenhouse of the present. At least if we talk about people like the Canadian Francis Gendron and his colleagues Christin Désilets and Curt Close, who today are clear about the steps to follow to be able to have a greenhouse that does not involve a great economic cost or a waste of resources.
At the time of drawing the sketch of what would be the best greenhouse in sustainable terms, this gang of Canadians thought about the necessary urgency of saving ourselves the cost of transporting goods, as well as the usefulness of each person knowing how to take advantage of their own land and resources. Although they came to refer to possible periods of drought or war, it is not necessary to put ourselves in a discouraging or apocalyptic panorama to know that this idea of Gendron would allow us to gain independence, thus going on to do without the service of third parties to feed ourselves.
How to imitate Gendron’s idea?
His greenhouse project – a 100% DIY (Do It Yourself) plan – would not be as dependent on the weather as more traditional greenhouses. Thus, each user could grow typical organic products from any area.
The fact of not depending on climatic conditions should hardly surprise us: We must not forget the important role that LED lighting has come to play in this area, capable of optimizing production in many greenhouses and with a price that tends to fall , which helps the pocket of those who want to launch with their own crops.
In any case, Gendron set out in this case to create its own microclimate inside the greenhouse, taking advantage of the earth’s resources and giving tools such as tires a second life.
What were your standards when starting the project?
- The team decided to create a semi-buried greenhouse to take advantage of the insulating properties of the earth.
- They used the aforementioned tires as walls, filling them with soil and thus maintaining the interior temperature.
- They placed the classic greenhouse polycarbonate plates facing south, which is essential to make the most of the hours of sunshine while in the northern hemisphere.
- They supplied the greenhouse with water through an effective rainwater collection system. The liquid is stored in barrels inside the facility, thus helping to regulate the temperature.
- They proposed that the rest of the design of the piece be ecological, resorting to recycling many other necessary elements.
This idea came to those in Canada as a result of participating in an Earthship Academy course. The number of organizations that encourage us to reduce our carbon footprint is increasing.
Project page: greenhouseofthefuture.com