The large glass building was the farming area. They had one of everything. They had to grow all the food necessary to survive the duration, without any outside help. They grew their own coffee, sugar,and many many other items. In the end, their easiest food was bananas.
The experiment didn't quite make it two years, and some say they cheated. What actually happened, near the end, was that a lot of the staff were starting to be sick and they couldn't pinpoint what the cause was. It turned out that the Bactria in the garden area was multiplying much faster than the green plants could reproduce the oxygen and they were actually suffocating. When they learned this they drilled a pipe under ground to the complex and pumped in oxygen. This was where the controversy came from. The people said they had outside help, and the experiment should be declared a failure.
If you are in this area this is well worth your time. You won't be bored and it is not very strenuous.
Big Bad John & Runaround Sue This message was edited by johnchurn on 10-22-04 @ 6:07 PM