Best City Projects for Urban Farming
With seven billion people to feed, and this number growing exponentially, future of human agriculture presents one of the biggest issues that we will come by. That is why more and more people around the world are looking into urban farming, which offers to make our food as local as possible. By growing what we need near where we live, we are decreasing costs of our food, and in return we get the freshest produce available. By using sustainable technologies such as hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics, these cities are on their way of achieving completely autonomous local food production.
New York City is not necessarily a place you would expect urban agriculture to thrive—it is one of the most densely populated cities in the country, with some of the highest real estate values. And yet, New York is a leader in the practice of urban agriculture. With first ever commercial scale greenhouse facility in the United States as well as one of the largest supermarket-integrated greenhouse, Brooklyn is leading the path in New York City.
Indiana is a Midwestern state known for its farmland and renowned auto race, the Indianapolis 500. In the capital, Indianapolis, theaters and galleries line Massachusetts Avenue, while Broad Ripple has hip bars and restaurants. The city’s Downtown is home to the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Canal Walk promenade and the Indianapolis Museum of Art and its wide-ranging collections.
With companies like AeroFarms and their large, indoor urban farms, Newark is quickly becoming one of the leaders in urban farming industry. Over 100,000 sq. ft. of different locations such as old steel mill, former paintball and laser tag arenas and even former nightclubs have been turned into what is now one of the largest urban agriculture centers in the world.
As German V2 rockets pounded London in the later stages of the second world war, one of the underground safe havens where thousands of people sought refuge was a tunnel system deep below Clapham High Street in the south of the capital. Seventy years on, the network of tunnels is in use again but for an altogether different purpose: farming. Open the cage-style doors of the lift after descending 100ft below street level, and the modern-day visitor will find an underground farm. Rows of shelv...
The world's biggest indoor vertical farm is owned by FarmedHere and located in Bedford Park, a suburb of Chicago. Making use of an abandoned warehouse of 90,000 sq. ft., it is a vertical aquaponic indoor farm for producing arugula, four types basil, and a whole array of fish. Most ingeniously, the fertilized water from the tilapia fish tanks is pumped into the hydroponic systems where the plants grow, so that 97% of the water is reused.