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Vertical Garden with Unified Soil

A vertical garden with unified soil allows you to grow not only lettuce, but also crops that need massive roots - for example eggplant.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Technobank of Georgia

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Agrarian University of Georgia is ready to cooperate with us.

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Imereti is a region in Georgia, which occupies 6552 square kilometers with a population of 500,000 people.

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

One of our team members has a small land in this place. The main problem in this region is land shortage. Most families have land no more than half a hectare - hence they are very poor. Therefore, the best way to increase the land area is through vertical gardens made of cheap materials.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

From ancient times, Imeretins were known for their intelligence and aristocracy. This region has never been rich, since the lands here are loamy and therefore low-yielding. But the kitchen is very original and tasty. Guests especially enjoy eggplant with peanut sauce, wild herb salads, Imereti khachapuri, etc. To this day, this region is predominantly agricultural.  Due to lack of land, most of the population is forced to go to temporary work in the capital of Georgia or abroad. The local population hopes for the development of local industry and high-tech agriculture. Our innovation meets the expectations and aspirations in this direction.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Our proposal relates to the topic of technology. In Upper Imereti, the problem of low land has long existed. Therefore, the population is trying to leave this region and find better places to live. But by 2050, the problem of land scarcity will be worldwide. Finding a solution to this problem is easier where it exists in all its glory and fullness. Therefore, the best place to introduce our vertical gardens is our region.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

The vertical garden of our design is the cheapest in the world, since it does not require an expensive steel frame. In addition, it is made from cheap plastic waste. The durability of the design is ensured by special grooves on the blocks - this is an innovation that is recognized even by world-class experts. A detailed description can be found here: Masonry of blocks ensure the unity of the soil. Therefore, in such a garden you can grow crops that need large roots - bell peppers, eggplant, cabbage, etc. Watering costs are reduced, as one meter of an irrigation hose irrigates 50-100 seedlings instead of 5. Water is fully absorbed, since the density of the roots is greater than in ordinary soil. Therefore, one square meter of land produces 10-20 times more crop than in ordinary soil.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

After the introduction of our vertical gardens, yields will be 5-10 times more per square meter of land. Consequently, even the small-land peasants will receive enough income for a happy life.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

The vertical garden of the presented configuration is the cheapest, simplest and ergonomic in the world, since it does not need a steel frame. The durability of the structure is ensured by special grooves on the blocks. Blocks are made from plastic waste. In this way, two problems are solved - nature is cleared of plastic waste, and the area of cultivated land is increasing. In addition, this design has agricultural benefits too. In particular, common vertical gardens with hydroponics allow you to grow only greens and lettuce. Other crops have a genetic need for large roots, as small roots cannot absorb a lot of nutrients from a thin layer of hydroponics. The vertical gardens of our design allow us to grow crops such as peppers, cabbage or eggplant, since such a garden has a united soil. On such a wall, the evaporation of moisture will be several times less than even with drip irrigation. The digestibility of water increases too, since the density of the location of the roots is much greater. Despite the simplicity and obviousness, this technology is recognized as innovative by international experts. It became the winner of two international competitions, and the finalist of five more. Innovative are the grooves on the blocks that replace the expensive steel frame, as well as partitions and the shape of the bottom, which ensure the unity of the soil. Several different configurations of such a green fence are possible, and each of them has patentable know-how. Such a fence made of plastic waste may not be more expensive than other fences. These green blocks can be distributed to low-land peasants as a grant or social assistance. Other configurations of such a vertical garden are possible - for example, with removable blocks. If the plants require more soil, the blocks will be one-sided. Walls from such blocks will be removed from each other at a great distance and more soil will be filled up between them. Such blocks are also suitable for hedges. For taller plants, walls with cylindrical blocks will be used. This arrangement allows the plant not to bend under the top layer of blocks.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Facebook


Join the conversation:

Photo of Constanza Castano

Hi Jacob! Welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!
Thank you for sharing with us your innovative idea. I wonder how do you see your solution adding to an integrative 2050 vision? If there is a positive change, what could be said about economics, diet, technology, policy, culture, and environment then? To help you speculate what your fully updated Georgia 2050 Food System Vision could look like, here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:
The Toolkit will help you refine your Food System vision. Remember you can update your submission at any time until January 31st.
I look forward to seeing your vision evolve through the coming weeks.

Photo of Jacob Bizehr

Dear Constanza
Thank you very much for advice.
This toolkit is really useful.
I will try to fill application in accordance with that recommendations.

Best Regards

Photo of Constanza Castano

Hi Jacob Biezehr ,
It is great to hear that! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Always here to assist you,

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