How DOES The Plant Work?

So maybe you’ve been to The Plant, or maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’ve read some of the press, or not. Either way, you think it’s pretty cool and you want to tell your mom/grandma/boyfriend/whomever about The Plant, but aren’t sure where to begin. How to do it? Show them this!

Many thanks to Jim Parks and the Today’s Green Minute team for this awesome video!

(The original illustrations were made by Matt Bergstrom.)

6 Responses to “How DOES The Plant Work?”

  1. Len Phillips April 5, 2012 9:22 am

    Great video. An ultimate elevator pitch on a visionary and complex project. Congratulations!

  2. Jim Parks April 5, 2012 11:13 am

    We were delighted to create this episode in our series about a remarkable Chicago facility. We hope it continues to spread the good word! Maybe it’s time for me to try some kombucha tea!

  3. Trevor Lambert April 6, 2012 9:49 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of closing the loop on these systems. The dream of having a wasteless system that produces goods which have value is absolutely worth pursuing! From an engineering standpoint I am curious how this will all play out. Even if each part of the system were to work seamlessly with all other parts, you would still need energy inputs to the system. From the video the only apparent input is waste from outside sources. Could the anaerobic digester produce enough useable energy to keep the system running, or will The Plant utilize external sources of “free to me” energy such as solar?

    In any case this is a very exciting endeavor. Best of luck!

  4. David Nicholls May 11, 2012 6:57 pm

    Beautiful, inspiring, wonderful, like an ecosystem!

    I suppose you guys know there are quite a few crops that tolerate, or prefer, low light levels like Watercress, the Japanese Mitsuba, Horseradish, Pawpaws (Carica species) Yaucon, Gooseberries, there are lots more but they are mostly little known, might be hard to get people to eat them except in a fancy restaurant maybe.

    Worms also hate light, haven’t tried a worm burger yet, but it’s been done

    I live on the ground in a single story house but am getting into a kind of vertical gardening too because it is a small urban section. I’m trialing Potatoes, Uluco (Ullucus tuberosus) , Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas) & Oca (Oxalis tuberosa) as “high-rise” root crops because soil is mounded up around all of these to increase yields(tubers then grow from the stems) , quite common to keep stacking tires on top of each other, filling them with soil around potatoes, will be interesting to see how high they can go, I suppose tires hold some water so there may be no limit.


  5. Bertha Waldron June 26, 2012 10:32 am

    This is great, I wont one in Jacksonville Florida.

  6. Evelyn Campbell October 20, 2012 5:49 am

    Guys, what you are doing is inspiring. We are working towards developing derelict spaces in Dublin Ireland using your methods. The Green Minute video is FANTASTIC. Will be a great resource for us as there is a job to do in convincing the powers that be its the way to go. Thanks