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As areas with climates formerly conducive to growing fruits and vegetables continue to change, researchers are scrambling to find new and more efficient ways to grow produce without harming the environment. It’s only recently that one innovate entrepreneur considered the ocean as the place for harvesting his plants, coming up with the brilliant idea for Nemo’s Garden.
Sergio Gamberini, President of Ocean Reef Group, devised his plan for an underwater garden while on vacation with his family in Noli, Italy. Roughly three years later, the family-run field of underwater biospheres are anchored 20 feet below the water off the coast of Noli, growing lettuce, basil, strawberries and beans, among other plants.
Gamberini hopes that their underwater research and experimentation will lead to the development of an economically convenient, installation for cultivating under the surface of the ocean.
He told the Washington Post, “I try to do something that’s a little different and to show the beauty of the ocean. I hope to do something for the young people and to inspire new dreams.”
Luca Gamberini, marketing manager of Nemo’s Garden told Motherboard, “My dad (Sergio Gamberini), has a passion for gardening, and he thought that the sea—this enormous dispenser of thermal energy—would always give constant temperature, especially during the summers.
“Sea temperature doesn’t drop, whereas air temperature is a lot less stable as air molecules exchange heat very easily. We’re studying how to harness thermal energy to benefit the growth of our plants.”
While the sea is warmed up slowly by the sun, it also loses heat less quickly, allowing temperatures to remain constant throughout the year.
“In the future, it’ll definitely be something that’s economically sustainable,” Luca added. “I see possibilities for developing countries where harsh conditions make it difficult for plants to grow.”
The Gamberini’s also have a Kickstarter project in hopes of making these dreams come to fruition – find out more here.