Urban Farming Food Chain

Los Angeles, CA | 4 Vertical Farming Walls With Storage Boxes | 2008

Awards: AIA Los Angeles: Design Awards 2011

Services: Grow Studio

The Urban Farming Food Chain™ is an architectural and planning intervention which aims to eradicate hunger in urban areas. Utilizing existing infrastructure, the project is designed as a green path, comprised of a network of vertical farming walls for growing produce, and kitchen/education hubs that serve as community centers. The walls are made up of a total of 180 growing panels with approximately 4,000 fruit and vegetable plants including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, strawberries, leeks, spinach, onions, melons, and a variety of other plants which will rotate as the seasons change. Included within the vertical farming walls are storage containers for gardening tools that also serve to display donor names and identify the project. There is also a "mobile kitchen" element in the form of pedicabs retrofitted with food prep surfaces that travel to local neighborhoods showing residents how to prepare meals with food from the walls.