Farming as if people mattered
Farming as if people mattered
Integrating farms in cities is not just a matter of building farms in empty spaces, but finding appropriate technologies for the specific farm, and establishing a network of relations with the rest of the city organisms, so there is a healthy flow of resources and the whole ecosystem becomes more sustainable
Well, as we know that human population is increasing at a fast rate, and that such increase will affect cities more, the only way of making the world sustainable is making cities sustainable
Cities occupy just 3% of land's surface, but they consume 75% of its resources, and though now 50% of the people live in cities, we expect that amount to climb up to 80% by 2050
Commercial Scale Urban Farming can produce copious amounts of food just where it is needed, and in ways far more efficient than conventional agriculture: using less water, less energy and less space, without the dreaded water run-off, and without the need for fossil fuel derived chemicals; but it actually can grow food by reusing typical wasted resources from the cities: things like water, CO2 Heat or food scraps
Back in time cities were located only where Food and Water were readily available, Fossil Fuels allowed us to change that, but there was a hidden cost we now know: Climate Change, polluted cities, degraded environment.... If we want to stop paying the toll that fossil fuels have on our own health and on that of our ecosystems, we need to find alternative ways of living, and Urban Farming is one of them.
We are currently working in these projects:
This farm has just closed down and we are looking for a new location for it.
We were commissioned by Mercato Metropolitano to treat their food waste, and we did so with Coffee grounds, transforming them into Gourmet Mushrooms.
We are grew these type of mushrooms:
Growing on rooftops has been our dream from the first day of this company
Every city is filled with buildings, all of which have roofs in which food could be grown without competing with the much needed space for housing people; this is such an obvious solution to our food and sustainability issues, but the idea hasn't still taken off
We have been designing a rooftop farm for a while, and are right now seeing how to properly integrate it
We are designing the process to convert the effluents from an Anaerobic Digester into fertiliser, so it can be used to grow food. This would close this cycle of food production in the city:
We are working with Exploration Architecture and Community by Design to create a free-standing pilot building in which food is grown and served, and in which the food scraps get processed to produce gas and fertiliser, to again grow more food
You can watch here an awesome TED Talk on it, where Michael Pawlyn (from Exploration Architecture) talks on different projects, but also on this project Mobius:
This is a big deal for cities: if we could make each building produce its food and treat its waste, cities could become truly sustainable
In collaboration with Lambeth Council, we are designing a space in South London for Food makers, Urban Farmers and Food creatives.
It will combine a mushroom farm, co-working space, commercial kitchens for fire, a food factory and a Farming Lab, as well as community allotments and a restaurant, aiming to provide onsite everything a Food Start-up Hub needs
The community will benefit by getting Jobs, training and Business Support for food businesses, bringing together all farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, bakers, brewers and food manufacturers to create amazing food and grow their businesses, aiming to become a hub in food innovation