From London Vacant Storefront to Thriving Urban Farming Hub From London Vacant Storefront to Thriving Urban Farming Hub
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From London Vacant Storefront to Thriving Urban Farming Hub

by Adele Peters

March 17, 2013

Sandwiched in between a nail salon and a secondhand store on a busy street in East London, FARM:shop is exactly what it sounds like: an urban farm inside a store. Once a rundown building, the shop was redesigned in 2011 to include a small aquaponic fish farm, chicken coops on the roof, and greens growing in every available bit of space.

The designers wanted to make the store a hub for urban farming, so it's not only meant for growing food; visitors can come eat food at a cafe downstairs (made from what's growing in the building, naturally) and talk to fellow foodies and urban farmers. The space hosts workshops and events. For anyone interested in indoor urban agriculture, it's a place to come learn in person. As Bohn & Vijeon Architects wrote about it, it matters that it exists in real life:

For every real picture we have of urban food production, there are a dozen computer mock-ups. The case for cities that are intimately connected with the source of their food has been made. The problem is that not enough people are turning it into a reality...yet.

Original photo via (cc) Flickr user London Permaculture

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