Gallery: FOOD MAP DESIGNS: Gardening for the Space-Challenged


We’ve all heard that growing food for ourselves is good for the planet as well as the soul, but between finding the space and then remediating the soil, growing an edible garden can go from being a simple idea to a gargantuan task. Fortunately for space-challenged gardeners, Food Map Design’s growing container offers an incredibly easy and sleek solution for those with little room to grow.

The body of Food Map Design’s mobile container garden is made of 100% recycled polyethylene and supported by a steel frame that is also 40-60% recycled, giving it a sleek, simple aesthetic backed up by solid eco-conscious manufacturing. The polyethylene material is also contoured to allow water to drain evenly, helping plants grow healthy.

Manufactured by Food Map Designs, the company defines ‘food mapping’ as “the creative act of locating your own healthy, local, and sustainable food source.” Having forged a connection between two seemingly unrelated words, the food container offers a way to bridge the gap between where we live and where the food we eat comes from.

+ Food Map Designs


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  1. theokobox August 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    i wouldn’t grow food in just in any old plastic, even though upcycling is good- it’s not always good to eat from it. I think ryan’s suggestion is good, if you get the plastic from the right place. i guess i am the health conscience eco type, more then re-use at all cots. i think this would also be a really fun DIY project.

  2. renschede August 15, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Its nice to look at, but let me make a suggestion: stop by any nearby construction site and ask for 5-gallon sheetrock buckets from their trash. Drill a few holes in the bottom and you have pots to grow in that work perfectly, and you have saved not only the trash from the landfill but also the energy needed to remanufacture…

    Ryan Enschede (Brooklyn, NY)

  3. Balcony gardening &laqu... August 14, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    […] The whole farming thing is intriguing, and I’m wondering whether I should extend my efforts. This container looks very nice for a modest balcony gardening, but $255! Too […]

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