Medium_luceliatarantorodrigues2_350x350_res150_bw Urban farming trials at the University of Nottingham

25 Mar 17:42

Lucelia Rodrigues

Team is researching the benefits, opportunities, risks and challenges of vertical farming / urban agriculture

.First signs of life at the urban farm at the Creative Energy Homes and the results 6 weeks later (Photograph by Mark Gillott and Lucelia Rodrigues)

The Centre for Urban Agriculture at the University of Nottingham, jointly with the Creative Energy Homes team is researching the benefits, opportunities, risks and challenges of vertical farming / urban agriculture.

Why is vertical farming / urban agriculture important?

The continually growing world populations, the global trend to urbanisation, climate change and pressure on natural resources are key drivers for policies on global food security. How can we feed more people on limited agricultural land, with limited resources? How can we best utilise space, light and logistics for an increasingly urban population? What can zero waste and low energy technologies contribute to food production in an urban environment?

.Close up of healthy basil plant

There is an urgent need to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production. Vertical farming and urban agriculture, if designed and implemented appropriately, could offer sustainable and innovative solutions for improving food security and make our cities more resilient.

What next?

The results of these experiments will inform the possible implementation of urban farming in our Trent Basin demonstration site. We are exploring ways of temporarily occupying empty, underused or derelict sites around the development site with moveable ‘allotments’ that will help green the area and encourage community formation.

If you want to know more you can follow the Creative Energy Homes facebook page.

.Basil plant owners

Keywords: Urban and Vertical Farming, Green Infrastructure