Open spaces in urban areas are often temporary and covered in asphalt or contaminants. In an effort to make these spaces agriculturally and socially productive, interested parties would need to invest a considerable amount of time and resources into land acquisition, site clean up, demolition and construction. In addition to extending the growing season, these modular, immediately deployable greenhouses would allow for farms to sprout up throughout the city with minimal impact to the land, zero digging or soil clean up, and easy relocation.
Each greenhouse is completely self-sufficient, harvesting rainwater and the solar energy to power one grow light. Installation consists of connecting the hoses between the fabric gutters and the water cistern, installing the solar grow lights and the solar panel, filling the off-print plastic bulk bags with soil, and planting seeds. When gardeners arrive, the greenhouse fabric can be cinched up temporarily for working and then pulled back down when the work is finished.
The project will partner with Alleycat Acres, a local urban farming non-profit that aims to reconnect people with food by creating community-run farms on underutilized urban spaces. With their partnership we are building four greenhouses to be installed in an established farm in the Central District. We are also working with Thurgood Marshall, a local elementary school, to build 18 greenhouses, one for each classroom, on an empty lot adjacent to the school.
clear plastic tarp
volleyball net base
container for rain collection
off-print polypropylene bags
(4) fluorescent fixtures
small solar panel and battery