The Future Of Urban Farming
Imagine for a second what six tons of food would look like, now try to imagine all that food is grown in a space about the size of the average American living room. Crazy right? or is it? That is exactly what the company Human Habitat has created with its product “Impact Farm”.
When you order the Impact Farm it shows up much like an Ikea flat-pack, just much bigger and in a shipping container. It will take you a little over a week to assemble, but once you do you will end up with a two-story urban hydroponic garden that can produce over 6 tons of food per year in a 538 square foot space what is designed be disassembled and assembled as necessary.
Developed in Copenhagen, Denmark by Mikkel Kjær & Ronnie Markussen the Impact Farm Is meant to contribute the development of a circular economy in the world's first small-scale vertical farm that can easily be assembled and disassembled in different locations as required.
The top level of the farm is used for the cultivation of greens using a hydroponic soil-free system. the style of cultivation results in significant savings in the use of freshwater. the top of the Impact Farm collects rainwater and the solar panels help cover part of its energy consumption.
The bottom floor and inside the container that it arrived in is used for seedling racks, water tanks, pumps, and allows a little bit of space for social and educational purposes.
The Impact Farm plays a major role in local society by providing restaurants with higher-margin greens and herbs, it can also provide cheap nutrition for communities, especially in places that do not typically have the ability to grow their own food. The founders also wanted to use the Impact Farm to create some part-time jobs and excite young people about growing food in a new way.
For more information go to the Human Habitat website.