Tour of Harlem Impact Farm - A Vertical Farm & Food Hub
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IMPACT FARM is a two-storey timber greenhouse intentionally designed to utilise neglected urban spaces for eco-efficient cultivation of greens and potentially strengthen the coherence and resiliency of the local community. The top floor is reserved for intense cultivation of greens in a soil-free vertical hydroponic system. The method of hydroponic cultivation results in significant savings in use of freshwater. On top of this rainwater is collected on the roof and solar panels cover a part of the energy consumption.
The ground floor is used both as a working area and as a space for social and educational purposes. The inside of the container is used for water tanks, seedling racks and technical installations. The farm is designed as a two storey greenhouse build around an upcycled 20 ft. shipping container. All components are pre-fabricated, and fits within the container. The structure is made from robust, sustainably sourced and reused materials. The shipping container is retained and used as an integral part of the design and ready to reuse when the IMPACT FARM is disassembled for relocation. In this way the IMPACT FARM contributes to the development of the circular economy being the worlds first small-scale vertical farm and food hub 100 % designed for disassembly.
The IMPACT FARM in Harlem is owned and operated by the local non-profit Harlem Grown and the produce is shared free of charge with the community. Learn more about the work of Harlem Grown here.
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