Wageningen, 2 May 22 / Wageningen University & Research – On the 2 May 2022 the third episode of the ‘Urban Greenhouse Talks’ is airing on Podbean channel. This five-episode podcast series explores the world of urban farming through the lenses of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge#3, an international student competition organised by Wageningen University & Research.
On our way to the finals of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3, we now turn our attention to the technological feasibility of the student designs. For this, we enlisted the help of three horticulture sector leaders, who give the students hot tips to build their urban greenhouses efficiently and within budget, including a few current examples from their work.
Our panel of experts made up of Art van Rijn (Owner Artechno), Sandro van Kouteren (CEO Parus Europe) and Manuel Oomen (Hawthorne Gardening Company), emphasise the importance of a solid production system. With the current focus of student designs on form over function, the expert trio shares how the right technology and the right product can push the students a long way into the competition.
In the end, hosts Renee Snijders and Ed Smit from Eat This further raise the question on what should come first, social impact or the production facility, and remind the students to reach out to the coaches to find out the real world implications of their designs.
Link to listen/ download the episode
What is the ‘Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3’?
The ‘Urban Greenhouse Challenge’ is an international student competition that aims to catalyse innovation in the realm of urban farming. The third edition of the Challenge focuses on creating an urban farm concept that ensures year-round sustainable and affordable food production, but also generates incomes for the local residents of Ward 7, a neighbourhood in Washington DC, USA. Find out more: https://urbangreenhousechallenge.nl/
About WUR Student Challenges:
Wageningen University & Research organises Challenges for students worldwide and supports WUR teams that participate in student competitions via WUR Student Challenges. These challenges pose a unique and enriching opportunity for students to work on real-life problems and make a difference. Visit the WUR Student Challenges website to find out which opportunities are there for students or sponsoring enterprises.