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Vertical vegies are the new green

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Monday, July 22, 2013

They're called edible walls: small and otherwise difficult-to-use outdoor spaces that are being turned into mini vertical fruit and vegetable gardens.

In land-scarce Singapore, a private engineering company has teamed up with the Government to design six-metre tall "vertical farms" with yields reportedly five times higher than conventional farming. At New York's Discovery High School in the Bronx, the science classroom gave birth to the first indoor edible wall in the city, which now generates enough produce to feed the school's 450 students. And in the UK, edible walls are joining already popular ornamental green walls.

Next month, Sydneysiders will be given a taste of edible walls at the first exhibition of its kind in Australia. Researchers and students from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) will build several walls as part of the Design Sydney 2013 exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. The City of Sydney is supporting the initiative and several leading Australian green wall companies will showcase their designs.