Farming in Unlikely Places
This week, to beat the February blues, we’re going to look at some inspiring city farming projects from across the globe.
In England, What if:, an architecture practice based in Hackney, focuses on inner city areas to develop strategies for more sustainable urban environments. “Vacant Lot” is a city farming project in inner city London. It provides over 700 new allotment plots in twenty new food-growing gardens, creating over two acres of new community growing space. The three-year project, funded by the Big Lottery’s Local Food programme, provides a creative solution to growing fresh food in urban social housing settings where there is a limited amount of available green space. Visit them on Facebook or, for a more detailed account, on the architect’s website.
Biodynamic SPIN-Farming Sierra Leonne
Biodynamic SPIN-Farming, now established in Matindi Town, Sierra Leone, is looking to expand into four other towns. These five communities will work together to tackle multiple issues through the simple, but incredible act of growing food. Locals will be educated on small plot commercial farming, they will learn how to produce food for themselves, their families, and their communities, and they will experience the benefits of their labours. The project will benefit about 400 youth within the five communities. To help get this project growing, visit their fundraising page.
“Green Potato” is a rooftop sweet potato farm initiated in 2008 in Tokyo. Launched by subsidiaries of a telecommunications giant, NTT Corp., this rooftop farm aims to reduce the urban heat island effect, create new jobs, and increase urban food security. Sweet potatoes are an excellent match to rooftops: their wide leaves cover a lot of surface and they are efficient at transpiration, which has a cooling effect, plus they can handle the extreme conditions of sun and wind. To read more about this, and Pasona O2, another rooftop farm in Tokyo, visit City Farmer.
O’Hare Urban Garden
A little closer to home, Chicago’s O’Hare Airport has taken up city farming too! Set in Terminal G, a mezzanine space has been transformed into a high-tech urban garden. This vertical garden is growing a variety of herbs, lettuces, and edible flowers, even a few tomato plants. Though small, this little oasis is a fine example of how adaptable city farming is to context. Click here to find out where you can eat O’Hare Urban Garden produce!
Have a great week,
Fresh City Farms