Since there are no direct flights from Ft. Wayne to anywhere except Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit and a few other larger airports, just about anytime I want to fly someplace, I have to connect through one of those large cities. On this trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, to attend the second annual Garden2Blog event hosted by P. Allen Smith, my connection was through Chicago.
As I went from Concourse G to Concourse H between Terminals 2 and 3, I passed by something I'd not seen at O'Hare the last time I was there. I looked up on the open second level and noticed a unique vertical garden. I had just a little time between flights, so I walked up the stairs to check it out. I snapped some photos and made a note to do some research online the next chance I got.
|O'Hare Urban Garden is located on the mezzanine level between Terminals 2|
and 3 in the rotunda.
The Urban Garden at O'Hare (also known as The O'Hare Eco-Farm) opened last September and consists of 26 aeroponic towers in a 928-square-foot garden.
The garden is the first of its kind and is a joint effort by the Chicago Department of Aviation and HMSHost, which owns and operates many of the airport's food concessions. The eight-foot towers each contain 44 plant ports and collectively hold over 1100 plants. They are designed by Florida-based Future Growing LLC.
The greatest benefits come from the reduced space used by gardening vertically and by virtually eliminating transportation costs to get the food to the table. Crops can be grown year-round and harvested food is fresher and more nutritious both because of the way they're grown and the fact that they have such a short distance to travel to their final destination - a matter of yards.
Kudos to all involved for the creation of this unique urban garden!