Although it is good practice to eat in season there’s no denying that many of us yearn for something fresh and tasty without an astronomical price tag as winter drags on. This winter folks in Montreal, Canada are getting access to fresh veggies via an innovative urban farming project.
Vegetables such as bok choy, radishes, chard and kale - to name a few - are being grown in space previously dedicated to ‘tempos’ - shelters set up to protect parked cars from the weather that were just frames shrouded in white plastic sheeting to keep out the wind and snow. The modified ‘tempo’ greenhouses are not heated but “are passive solar greenhouses that are carefully designed and managed to absorb heat during the day and slowly radiate that heat when temperatures outdoors drop”. And it does get cold in Montreal - average daily temperatures in December, January and February are all below 0 C/32 F and snow is common.
Inside the greenhouses plants are grown in special fabric pots and it is so humid inside the structures that watering is not required from December through April.
Could you do something like this on your property or on municipal or other land that is being underused? Check out the full video and the article.