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FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

Posted By Helen Morgan On August 23, 2011 @ 2:00 pm In social responsibility,Sustainable Design Organizations | No Comments

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Urban farming projects are popping everywhere [1]! A derelict shop in Dalston, London, is yet another site set on urban rejuvenation with its innovative¬†FARM: [2]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 [3] in every corner of the building.


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Designed by Something & Son LLP [4]- 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 [5], 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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[1] everywhere: http://inhabitat.com/capital-growth-scheme-creates-2012-public-gardens-by-2012-for-london/

[2] FARM: : http://farmlondon.weebly.com

[3] growing as much food as possible: http://inhabitat.com/metabolicity-aims-to-grow-sustainable-food-systems/

[4] Something & Son LLP : http://www.somethingandson.com/

[5] art: http://www.inhabitat.com/art

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