Growing fruits and vegetables in the city in a sustainable way, using clean energy? The Impact Farm, the first sustainable greenhouse do-it-yourself designed by Mikkel Kjaer and Ronnie Markussen, a couple of young designers of the Copenhagen architectural firm Human Habitat comes from Denmark.
Ten days, the estimated time to complete the installation of the greenhouse that can be disassembled and reassembled potentially indefinitely and placed anywhere (even in abandoned places like abandoned parking, non-building spaces or unused deposits) because it is totally self-sufficient in energy and water profile. Indeed it has a rainwater recovery system for irrigation of crops and renewable energy sources for plant management. The entire farm is on two floors occupying just over thirty square meters and is made from recycled materials: the concept at the heart of the project is giving new life to shipping containers, using them first as a tool for transport of the kit, and then as a central part of this mini vertical hydroponic greenhouse.
The Impact Farm ensures high quality cultivation of agricultural products and it aims to make available to urban communities fresh food grown locally and in a environmentally and economically sustainable way. The first prototype was installed in Copenhagen and throughout 2016 will be collected data and information on the development of the plants, the consumption of energy and rainwater. Then the greenhouse could be marketed.