New city farms

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Arzosah
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New city farms

Post by Arzosah » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:35 pm

I've just been reading this article:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... the-future

And honestly, if I was in my 30s and wanted a sidegig with the chance for it to become full time, I'd go for it :) microgreens or mushrooms.
There's a farm in Clapham in London
http://growing-underground.com/ AND THEY DO TOURS! Sorry for shouting :oops: £40 is really expensive, of course, but it's the equivalent of a theatre ticket, I guess. The dates overlap with my catsitting stay, so I'm going to go for it, even though I don't usually do evening things.

There's a free exhibition at Roca London Gallery in West London, roughly:
http://www.rocalondongallery.com/en/act ... detail/206 (hmm, Zaha Hadid, the daughters are those models/ selfie merchants?)

There's also a V&A exhibition, May to October this year.
https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/food- ... -the-plate
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Re: New city farms

Post by Arzosah » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:30 pm

Booked a ticket for the tour round this place, 33m underground at Clapham :) and I've contacted the organiser about writing about it and taking pix.
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Re: New city farms

Post by Arzosah » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:11 am

They didn't reply to my email, but that was because the information sheet they sent round two days later contained everything I wanted to know and more.

I managed to go on the tour last night. It was great, I left there beaming! Took loads of photos, made loads of phone notes. They produce an amazing amount of food, mostly into shops in London at the moment, but their deal with the supermarkets they supply to is more than doubling - 40 shops to 110 shops.

As far as prepping goes, it was a hands-on experiment in how to be more self sufficient.

- no soil, they buy carpet offcuts from a firm in Preston that turns them into items fit for agricultural use.
- they have guttering and tanks that recycles their nutrient mix for a couple of goes (I didn't catch how long they recycle it for, and I'd asked enough questions by that time :oops: )
- when the substrates from carpets are done, they're taken to a power plant a few miles away and used as fuel to produce more electricity.
- they offset the "day" of their led lights to our daytime, to help even out temperature fluctuations. Ventilation down there is on an industrial scale, so they need to do that.
- the levels of hygiene were fierce: hair nets, beard nets, coats, welly boots, and asking about whether people's phones had cracks in before we were allowed to take photos. In the open air, it wouldn't need to be quite so intense, of course, but it was good (and funny) to see.

Definitely lots to blog about.
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Re: New city farms

Post by diamond lil » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:49 am

That looks amazing. I read somewhere about a man who wanted to use old coalmines for growing, I don't know if it ever happened. Great idea.

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Re: New city farms

Post by Arzosah » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:16 pm

That would be a great idea, Lil, absolutely. It ties in well with the exhibition I mentioned on the first post here, at the Roca Gallery in Chelsea, which was also fascinating: http://www.rocalondongallery.com/en/act ... detail/206

Basically imagining what could be done if initiatives all over the world were taken up en masse. Some of the ones that really grabbed me:
- circular, opaque buildings, built on city roundabouts, used as insect farms.
- domestic insect grow-spaces, about the size of a set of filing trays, that could provide 3 servings of protein a week.
- the use of blank end walls of buildings to become vertical growing spaces, like multi-level greenhouses.
- hydroponic farms for flat roofs in the city.
- a living wall system called Florafelt (I've seen it in use in Norwich city centre).
- a beehive made of recycled plastic (has to be a market for it, for it to continue to be recycled!).
- briquettes for multi-fuel stoves made from coffee grounds :) I really like this idea, coffee grounds always seem a bit too strong to go straight onto the garden, though I do that with the contents of teabags.

I do think there are a few useful things preppers can take from the green initiatives that are around, particularly re-use of previously waste materials, and lessening/ eliminating food miles :)
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