Faculty Advisor

Carrera, Fabio

Faculty Advisor

Michalson, William R.


This project conducted research on alternative farming methods in Venice, Italy, for implementation in various spaces on the island of Giudecca. Robotics applications for farming and hydroponic methods were explored in depth; two systems that we researched for use are ZipGrow hydroponic towers and the FarmBot robotic system. ZipGrow can be used for vertical spaces in Venice such as bell towers; FarmBot can be used to grow seedlings for the ZipGrow system. To prepare for large scale farming, the team built a greenhouse for seedlings and conducted a return on investment analysis for farming in bell towers. We recommend growing produce such as red lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, or cabbage and using the systems to grow produce for transformations like gin, beer, or legal cannabis.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project