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The Montis Project Zone
The Montis project zone is an Equatorial warm region extending from north15° latitude to south15° latitude. Montis Modules will be built at locations within this region. Climate Change has brought about crop failures beginning in 2015 as weather aberrations have caused unusual crop-damaging events in areas where normal production was previously possible. These conditions include; early frost, abnormal wet conditions and decreased harvesting seasons due to weather anomalies. Increasing cloud layer cover coupled with extreme rain events has led to mold growth and damage to traditional grain crops. We anticipate this trend to continue until 2030 as deteriorating growing conditions increase throughout the northern and southern hemispheres. By locating Montis Modules in the Equatorial region, the project has a sustainable potential for food production. Montis microfarms are being planned in multiple countries within this zone. Each module will be operated independently but continual collaboration with the Montis team and other modules will be used to coordinate efforts and deal with technical issues. Our goal is to have five Montis modules in place by the year 2020. The Montis concept is to promote the vegetarian diet over meat-based products which consume a large number of grains. Vegetables and produce from the Montis microfarms will be rich in nutrients, organically grown, gluten and soy free.
The Montis Module is a sustainable, hydroponic greenhouse Microfarm consisting of 40,000 m² (10 Acres) in the total land area. Each module consists of space for 12 greenhouses, a solar array for the LED growing system and a water storage/ Aquaponics facility. Each location will contain a technical staff housing unit combined with a laboratory. The total land area for the Montis Module is estimated to be less than 1/10 the size of a farm producing comparable amounts of food. In addition, because of the advanced technology of hydroponic growing and vertical farming methods, the amount of water consumed is estimated to be a fraction of the water used in traditional farming. The standard Montis module is designed to be located in multiple countries, using small areas of land with no requirement for areable soil conditions.
The Montis Greenhouse
The standard greenhouse used on the Montis microfarm is a modular, prefabricated enclosure based on the Dutch model. Each unit encloses 600 m² (6,600 Square feet) and employs a multiplicity of advanced, hydroponic growing techniques and equipment. Each greenhouse will have a germination laboratory, hydroponic growing racks, and water recirculation apparatus. Each greenhouse will be connected to the solar array and electrical storage equipment to power a 24 hour LED lighting system. Water used by the greenhouse will be recycled with a water recapture system combined with Aquaponic ponds containing live fish. Each greenhouse will be capable of production of organic vegetables and fruits in up to 60 varieties with the capacity for packaging and preparation for shipping. Growing tray preparation, planting, and assembly of growing racks will be automated and stacked vertically. The production of each greenhouse is carefully monitored by the technical staff using an automated sensory system combined with a central computer console in the Laboratory building. Each greenhouse will produce organically grown, non-pesticide, vegetables and fruits with the highest nutrition content possible.