I am still researching my article on Faith based community gardens and I find that Grist magazine has done it again. They are one of the best places to connect to the innovative edge of green architecture, sustainable living and climate change.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the secret mall gardens of Cleveland this week I wanted to highlight another very creative idea suggested in the article Sustainable Farming Inside the Box – Aerofarms.
This New York based company builds aeroponic farms that fit inside containers — soil and sun not required. The containers, which can be stacked on top of each other in warehouses and old buildings, have the potential to transform blocks of abandoned structures in places like Detroit or Newark into agri-lofts tended by urban farmers. read the entire article here
Or perhaps we should consider what Cityscape Farms are doing in San Francisco They are developing an aquaponics system that combines aquaculture and hydroponics. Tilapia are raised in fish tanks and the filtered fish waste provides the fertilizer for growing organic crops in greenhouses. The water is then cleaned and recycled back into the fish tanks to complete the loop.
I am intrigued by these and other incredibly creative ideas developed by entrepreneurial companies to meet the new demand for locally grown fresh produce. The potential for increasing local food production not just in the United States but around the world is enormous. I only wish that churches and faith based organizations considering planting community gardens had the same creativity.
What are the most creative urban gardening ideas that you have seen churches and faith based organizations initiate?