Welcome to the DVC Vertical Farming Team's ChemWiki Page
What is a Vertical Farm?
According to the en.oxforddictionaries.com, the terms "vertical farm" mean "A building in which crops are grown commercially in multiple layers or levels".
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.
Who are we?
We are Diablo Valley College's Vertical Farming Project, a student-driven project that formally began in Spring of 2017. We work as team, where our members come from a variety of educational backgrounds, to create a valid, functional vertical farming system, specifically an aquaponics system. Also we hope to educate the community about the benefits and details of our aquaponics farm. For an official mission statement, click here.
How do we relate to Diablo Valley College, and by extension, the community?
Surprisingly yet inevitably, numerous universities across America have taken a deep interest in vertical farming. This article showcases Brown University's initiative in creating fresh crops on their campus. Each picture reveals a variety of skill sets from different educational practices, such as engineering, being combined to create a working system. Here at DVC's Vertical Farming Project, we also aim to have a working system but strive beyond the norm by incorporating fish (which could possibly aid fish population for the future) and more non-STEM skill sets in our team. Another unique aspect of our team lies within our drive to publish our valid data to the public and educating them through various mean.
Getting to Know Us a Little Better...
Where are we located? We are located in Diablo Valley College's Horticulture Area. (Please go ahead and click the to images to enlarge them.)
What does your aquaponic system look like? We are currently still building our prototype. We do have a General Plan though. The image below is only a rough diagram of our working system.