This past week, we have been sharing stories of different individuals and organizations from across the globe championing the local food movement through their innovative approach to urban farming. From a vertical vegetable farm in Singapore to shipping containers that have all of the tools necessary to grow food, we see that many spaces can be transformed into gardens, providing local communities with access to healthy options and food security.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Zona Sul Supermercado
This chain in Brazil is experimenting with selling unpicked vegetables in store. By allowing customers to harvest their own produce, Zona Sul is giving consumers the opportunity to have a closer connection to their food. Read about them in this Fast Company article.
Image from Fast Company
Similar to Zona Sul, The Farmery is an urban farm and marketplace located in North Carolina. The founder, Ben Greene, has a dream of seeing a Farmery in every city across America. Interested in learning more? Watch this short video explaining the concept of The Farmery.
Image from American Tobacco Campus
In Singapore, a city where 5 million residents live in 275 million square miles, the Sky Greens vertical urban farm gives Singaporeans the chance to eat vegetables produced locally and shipped to stores within 4 hours of being picked. It’s living proof that food can be grown in packed, dense urban areas. The farm has also won design awards for its innovative and transferable engineering and architecture.
Image from Sky Greens
The Eden Project in Cornwall, England, contains two biomes that house plants with various required climates and environments for growth. The education centre offers leadership courses, resources for school field trips, and art workshops, among other programs. The image below shows the companion-planted space where dozens of crops are grown side-by-side.
Image from The Eden Project
While we love all of the innovations above, we don’t all have the resources or the room to grow in such spaces. The City of Vancouver has a bylaw permitting boulevard gardening, growing plants in the stretch between the street curb and the sidewalk.
With this alternative to backyard and patio boxes, residents have the opportunity to show neighbours what is possible to grow within the confines of an urban space. It’s an incredible way to build communities passionate about playing an active role in making Vancouver a more sustainable city!
If you’re interested in learning more about the boulevard gardening and how to get started, read this guide from the City of Vancouver.
We hope you enjoy spending some time in your garden this weekend! If you don’t already have one, check out some of the awesome community gardens scattered around Vancouver and gather inspiration.
My Green Space