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Tim Anderson is taking on an ambitious project he’s calling the “nomadic orchard:”

A portable life support system for fruit trees. Giant self-watering planters. The trees can be moved anywhere with a forklift or a truck. A 70 gallon water tank under the tree wicks moisture up to the tree’s roots as needed. Rain water and sunshine are free. Fruit trees are free. Dirt and boxes are free. You do the math. The big plastic tubs used here are “macro bins” the winemakers next door gave me. They are about four feet square. Seen here with a fig tree and a fruiting cherry.

There’s an interesting discussion in the comments about plant roots.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).