We are very pleased that our balcony garden project has been nominated for the TASPO Awards 2019 in the category "Best Digital Concept". This further motivates us to inspire others for the hydroponic cultivation of herbs, salads and vegetables on balconies or terraces.
We make the self-experiment to grow as much food as possible on our own, such as vegetables and herbs, locally and on site, i.e. "zero-mile-diet = zero-mile-nutrition" on two balconies, i.e. as "Zfarming = zero-mile-agriculture".
Balcony garden - Why? The climate is changing and air, soil and sea pollution are constantly increasing. Our self-experiment serves to produce fresh food, such as vegetables and herbs, for our own needs. This allows us to enjoy fresher and healthier food and produce less packaging waste, because "BIO" in disposable plastic packaging doesn't make sense for us. In addition we try to save water by hydroponic cultivation with our balcony garden and to grow without herbs and pesticides.
If the cultivation of food doesn't take place on conventional agricultural areas or in the garden, but on roofs, balconies, terraces, in unused buildings or in apartments, then one calls this also Zfarming.
A zero-mile diet stands for self-growing of food. Zero miles, because the cultivation takes place locally in the own garden or in the urban environment.
Here the reduction of the "carbon footprint = CO² footprint" and the self-determination of what and how is cultivated are the most important factors, e.g. pesticide-free and herbicide-free. It couldn't be fresher or more local!