Urban farming is most certainly the way of the future. However, some of the largest barriers to this style of food production is a lack of space in densely populated cities, and also climate fluctuation. Copenhagen-based urban design lab Human Habitat seeks to address these issues with their vertical and easy to assemble Impact Farm. Harnessing the principles of hydroponics, Impact Farm comes with all the necessary components in a kit, and is easily assembled into a two-storey soil free farm that can pump out fresh food in the middle of the city.
With a production area of just 538 square feet, this vertical garden is specifically designed to fit into tight, urban spaces. Founders of Human Habitat, Mikkel Kjaer and Ronnie Markussen are interested in holistic sustainability and working to become a part of the circular economic design revolution, where the recycling of materials is key. The pair “want to show that it makes economic sense to embrace a radically different approach to design, and to show the world that it is possible to create the foundation for a meaningful and satisfying life while achieving a lower ecological footprint” They say their farm can easily be unpacked and installed in under 10 days, and can reconnect people with their food by providing a green space that allows nature to re-emerge in the city.
The Impact Farm is capable of growing greens, vegetables, herbs, and fruiting plants in its petite two-story frame, and proves that it is possible to create and “build with human well-being at the centre, with respect for the planetary boundaries, and [still] create real economic progress.” Currently the prototype is being tested in Copenhagen, though Kjaer and Markussen look forward to introducing their product in America and around the world.