Lecture by Acclaimed Ecologist and Vertical Gardening Guru on Mar. 3

(Feb. 18, 2015) — Dickson Despommier, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University, will deliver a lecture about urban agriculture and vertical farming, an innovative technology designed to move agricultural production within densely-populated cities on Tuesday, March 3 at the Armstrong Center Auditorium. Vertical farming allows for the mass production of crops in a relatively small footprint, vastly decreasing food spoilage associated with transport and reducing the ecological strain on water and soil resources. This event is free and open to the public.

Despommier is the director of the Vertical Farm Project, which addresses issues related to urban agriculture, environmental disturbance and the restoration of damaged ecosystems. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, Scientific American and Popular Science. The lecture, which will include a Q&A, is sponsored by Armstrong's Biology department and is free and open to the public.

Armstrong and Plantonics, LLC are currently collaborating to build the Armstrong Aquaponics Research Center on campus, a state-of-the-art facility that will incorporate vertical farming techniques using aquaponic technology. The facility will conduct cutting-edge research and cultivate organic vegetables and fish using biodynamic, environmentally friendly techniques.