New Innovation in Urban Agriculture

October 26, 2012 at 11:47 am 1 comment

Ben Greene has designed a new way to bring sustainable, organic agriculture to convenient urban settings.  His answer is The Farmery. Designed as part of his master’s thesis at N.C. State University, the idea is for a  building which serves as an integrated retailing and growing system.    By consolidating the production, distribution, and retail components of the healthy food economy, he will be able to increase the value of purchasing healthy foods while reducing the actual cost.

How does this work?  The design, which is here, involves using shipping containers to create a small greenhouse space.  The plants grow in a proprietary growing system allowing edible plants to grow vertically on the sides of the shipping containers.  The interior space, where sunlight will not reach, will also be used to cultivate mushrooms.  Being able to sell the produce directly where it is grown also limits spoilage and loss because the produce is not picked until it is purchased.

While the project is still developing their prototype greenhouses, they are already selling produce in Raleigh, NC.  To find out more, visit their website or check out this short video featuring Ben Greene on his design.  We are happy to have such an innovative team joining us in the battle to fight food deserts.

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