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However, a Danish company is trying to solve the problem with its Impact Farm urban farm proposal, which can house vertical hydroponic urban gardens, making the most of space (the lettuce farm in Japan comes to mind). A Farm that is designed to gather around it communities that want to produce their own organic food within cities.
This project reminds me a lot of the one we saw a few years ago, which they called "The Globe", a concept of an urban hydroponic farm, where they could also produce fish.
With a production area of just 163 square meters, this vertical farm can easily squeeze out limited urban spaces. Impact Farm's design allows it to be installed virtually anywhere, so it can be used for commercial purposes or to serve a community. Mikkel Kjaer and Ronnie Markussen (the project's parents), who run the design studio Habitat Humano, say the farm can be unpacked and installed in as little as 10 days. It is designed to be self-sufficient in terms of water consumption, heat and electricity generation, as it incorporates solar panels on the roof.
Depending on the plants grown, the designers claim that Impact Farm can produce 3 to 6 tons of fresh food per year.
“We wanted to reconnect people to their food, giving them a green space that nature brings to our cities,” says Kjaer.
They want to give people a useful skill to learn and job or business opportunities, the idea of the urban farm addresses the problems of employment and inaccessibility to fresh food, which often go hand in hand in certain urban areas. The duo head to the United States, hoping to offer a model that can serve small businesses and communities to grow food in another way.
Impact Farm is capable of growing vegetables, herbs and fruit trees in its two-story structure. The product is grown hydroponically. The pilot farm is in Copenhagen, hoping to attract other big cities and places even in humanitarian crisis. Fresh food should be available to everyone, under all circumstances. Human Habitat charts the way to make this a reality.
They also have a smaller model adapted for example for restaurants or schools.