Image: Underwater Farm

World’s First Underwater Farm is Growing Fruits and Vegetables

This article by Bonnie Riva Ras originally appeared on Goodnet.

Via: Tech Insider. 1

Nemo’s Garden is not your typical farm. That’s because this unique agricultural enterprise is located under the sea just off the coast of Italy. The unique biosphere just started producing fruits and vegetables again.

The project was created in 2012 by Sergio Gamberini, the founder of the Ocean Reef Group, a diving equipment firm. One day when he was resting between dives, he came up with the idea of growing basil under water in ideal growing conditions according to Nemo’s Garden website. It would combine his two passions: scuba diving and gardening.

Gamberini made some phone calls and he and his team started experimenting by sinking transparent biospheres 6 meters below the surface of the sea and filling them with water. A few days later, according to Random Times, he placed a vase with basil seeds in a biosphere and it sprouted after only 48 hours.

The result of this is Nemo’s Garden, a project that is looking to create sustainable agriculture underwater.

The six unit biosphere farm uses renewable energy from the sun and desalinated water to make it a fully self-sustainable project. It is like a greenhouse without any additional power source.

Source: Nemos_Garden_Official // Instagram

The project was starting to yield herbs, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables when it suffered storm damage in 2019 according to Euro News. Then came the coronavirus pandemic and due to restrictions, the habitat could not be staffed and just recently reopened.

Nemo’s Gardens project manager, Gianni Fontanesi, has logged almost a thousand dives to take care of the underwater farm, according to Random Times. He told the news organization that being in the underwater greenhouse is like being in an inside out aquarium. “You are the fish looking out into the outside world,” Fontanesi said.

The biosphere system has drawn the attention of researchers and Nemo’s Garden has been rented to pharmaceutical companies that want to explore this unique plant growing method said the company.

“Every year, we are discovering new possible applications for the biospheres,” said Fontanesi. These include eco-tourism, seaweed farming, sustainable fish farming, and scientific research.

But Nemo’s Garden is not the only underwater farm. An organization called GreenWave developed a method of vertical underwater farming that is also known as regenerative ocean farming. This allows them to grow seaweed and farm shellfish.

Using our seas to sustainably grow food is one of the ways to produce more food in a growing hungry world. It can also be a way to sequester carbon and reduce the greenhouse gasses that land agriculture produces.

  • Goodnet

Don’t miss out on a single article!

Enjoy unlimited access to over 500 articles & podcast that give you a positive perspective on the state of the world and show you practical ways you can help.

Sign up now!

Notes:

  1. “The Italian Farm That’s 8 Meters below the Sea.” YouTube, 15 Mar. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9uQcbR-CC0. Accessed 25 Aug. 2021.
Published: September 10, 2021

Image: Goodnet Logo

Goodnet

Content Partner

Goodnet content connects people around the world with opportunities for doing good. Founded in 2011 by Shari Arison, this network empowers people to take positive action and to amplify goodness.

Join for as little as $2 per month

Connect with and learn from others on a member-exclusive platform. Ask questions and find help with projects, share trusted resources, request and attend workshops, and learn from others’ experiences to catalyze your work.

Become a Member

Follow Us

You’re not alone in caring.
There is a wave of goodness and progress well underway, all around the world.

Want more articles like this one?
You're in luck! 

Discover real-life stories of innovators, change-makers, and problem-solvers.

Enjoy 30-days of unlimited access to hundreds of articles and podcasts when you subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Name
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Want more articles like this one? You're in luck! 

Discover real-life stories of innovators, change-makers, and problem-solvers.

Enjoy 30-days of unlimited access to hundreds of articles and podcasts when you subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Name
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.