Gallery: FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

 
Designed by Something & Son LLP, an eco-social design practice founded by Andrew Merritt, Paul Smyth and Sam Henderson, the project has big ideas. The collaboration's goals include exciting and inspiring city dwellers to produce their own food and other products.

Urban farming projects are popping everywhere! A derelict shop in Dalston, London, is yet another site set on urban rejuvenation with its innovative FARM: project. The project, which has transformed an entire four story space, is now home to an urban food ‘hub’ complete with a cafe, arts venue, mini ‘aquaponic’ fish farm, indoor allotments and rooftop chicken coops. Launched in 2010, FARM: is bringing the rural to the urban, with the intention of growing as much food as possible in every corner of the building.

Designed by Something & Son LLP - an eco-social design practice founded by Andrew Merritt, Paul Smyth and Sam Henderson – the project has big ideas. The collaboration’s goals include inspiring city dwellers to produce their own food and other products; to create a direct connection between countryside farms and city communities; and to grow food commercially by a network of FARM:’s throughout cities, retailing this food within FARM: shops.

Uniting the various farming projects with a rolling series of events in the venue, the team aims to combine “art, engineering and business know-how to find creative ways to improve the world around us”. FARM:London is the first of many spaces in a network of shops and grow sites across the UK, and FARM:shop Dalston is just the beginning of this exciting urban project.

Images courtesy of FARM:shop

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