Australia opens the ultimate sustainable farm
A farm in a desert has opened in Australia raising up the bar on sustainable farming.
MIT Technology Review said Sundrop Farms is a $150-million facility in South Australia that uses 23,000 mirrors to produce energy that is then used to power a desalination system that draws sea water that it turns into one million liters of fresh water every day.
“A conventional greenhouse uses groundwater for irrigation, gas for heating, andelectricity for cooling,” Sundrop Farms said on its website. Their greenhouse
turns seawater and sunlight into energy and water. It said its carbon dioxide and nutrient are sourced sustainably to maximize the growth of its crops.
Sundrop Farms is located in the desert in Port Augusta, about 300 kilometers north of Adelaide.
“Because we don’t need soil, we’re able to grow our produce on degraded land in arid areas previously considered too barren for agriculture,” Sundrop Farms said.
Tomatoes are its main harvest.
Sundrop Farms use only naturally bred seeds. The farm uses coconut husk instead of soil so it has less weeds. It does not use pesticides and opts to introduce predatory insects to control harmful bugs in its greenhouse.
Amiee and Simon checking the plants. Not long now until those #tomatoes are ready! #sundrop #teamwork #green #sustainable #sustainableagriculture A photo posted by Sundrop Farms (@sundrop_farms) on
A fantastic day at our official opening! A huge honour to have The Hon. Jay Weatherill cut the ribbon with our CEO Philipp. Thank you to all our brilliant partners and the Government and people of South Australia. Our truly sustainable, world class facility is now officially open! #green #sundrop #southaustralia #tomatoes A photo posted by Sundrop Farms (@sundrop_farms) on