An instructions booklet and a set of flatpack pieces that can be easily fitted together. All you need to start farming in the city. It’s somehow difficult to imagine, but it’s what innovators Mikkel Kjaer and Ronnie Markussen have in mind for the future of the city.

Credit: Human Habitat
Credit: Human Habitat

Kjaer and Markussen run the Danish Human Habitat, an ‘urban design lab’, which has most recently released the “Impact Farm” – an assembly-kit of ready-made components that arrive in a container. Put it all together and you’ll have a vertical, soil-free hydroponic farm. Potential crops that can be grown include green vegetables and herbs, the whole structure is designed to be self-sufficient in terms of water, heat and electricity and the production area covers just over 500 sq ft.

Construction of the first Impact Farm begins this month in Copenhagen. The first model will utilise a hydroponics system, though future farms may adopt aquaponics.

The innovators envision a number of different buyers of the farm and they’ve apparently already received significant interest, including from housing co-ops, restaurants, schools and municipalities. Kjaer and Markussen estimate that they can produce 3-6 tonnes of produce, dependent on crop combinations.

The key to the design is that the farm is not only easy to unpack and install, but also easy to disassemble, replace materials and move around if necessary.

The project is designed to utilise underused city spaces, create localised food production and to create new opportunities for work in impoverished parts of the city.

Initial costings are still being estimated, but Human Habitat hope to release a product that is a viable commercial proposition. Their initial target market after a prototyping phase in Denmark, is the U.S. and the impoverished areas in the larger cities.

Source: Want to join the food revolution? Build yourself a flatpack urban farm

The post Impact Farm: Introducing Flatpack Agriculture appeared first on Circulate.

Source: Circulate News RSS