Grow 100 lbs of potatoes in 4 square feet


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Gardening is more difficult in high-density housing

The urban poor have unique challenges when sourcing fresh food. Often, gardening can be more difficult, especially when one lives in a high-density concrete jungle, or a high-rise apartment building

Solution: Some crops can be grown very compactly

Potatoes are one staple crop that can be grown in very cramped conditions, such as apartment balcony planters. One gardener has found a vertical planter box that can produce 100 pounds of potatoes in as few as 4 square feet. The box can be constructed out of inexpensive materials and a few seed potatoes.

If every apartment dweller were able to produce some of their food from the few square feet they have available on their balcony, a significant amount of fresh produce could be collectively generated.

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Category: Hunger


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Dave Cannon is a Seattle-based entrepreneur and consultant to nonprofits and small businesses. He loves Thai food and takes terrible photographs. You can follow him on Linkedin.
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