It was only a matter of time until someone nailed the model for mass production of food in urban areas .. and here we are introducing Soul Food Street Farms – an amazing design initiative from Vancouver, Canada.
Recognizing the incredible barriers to growing food in cities – contaminated soil, a lot of paved spaces, access to space and vandalism – Soul Foods have designed a portable growing system which enables food to be grown in raised beds on a paved parking lot like spaces. The raised beds themselves are designed to be easily transported by forklifts and the whole site could be packed up in a matter of hours. Incredible. Check out the short doco they put together.
Sole Food now has 4 growing sites around Vancouver and sells its produce via farm share in the form of a weekly box of veg, and at various local city farmers markets, as well as supplying the families who participate in the growing. Produce is also bought by a handful of local restaurants.
This amazing food production model obviously requires an intensive input of fossil fuels to get started but I think this is the best solution to urban farming in big cities I have seen yet.
Know of a better one? Let me know .. always on the look out!