After Growing Food from Concrete, I discovered that exciting forward-looking projects for growing food in cities are coming to life here in the UK too. And Farmopolis in London is a whole lot more besides. This is what they say about themselves:
Farmopolis is a major new urban farming destination in London – a micro-city of experiential production, a pioneering new model for public green space bringing together farming, food, arts and culture.
The Great Plant Rescue is Phase 1 on The Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula – our floating garden made possible by an exciting partnership with RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
With sights set on the future, we are planning a makers-space and food incubator, large-scale event and festival spaces, hydroponic farming and sustainable innovations, green spaces and orchards, farm-to-table restaurants and major art commissions, community engagement and event programming year-round across the harvest seasons.
We hope to see the unique relationship between the RHS and Farmopolis grow – to develop a dedicated reuse urban plant nursery and to build an alternative garden centre to house all of the plants and trees donated by RHS partners and Chelsea Flower Show exhibitors, facilitating large-scale plant exchanges and supporting Farmopolis’ new Young Farmer Apprenticeship Scheme.
Farmopolis is driven by a unique partnership between Secret Productions – best known for co-organising award winning creative festivals around the world, Wayward – the pioneering art, design and farming practice, and Greenwich Peninsula – London’s largest regeneration project.
Secret Productions is an international market leader in the independent events industry, heralded for its innovation and groundbreaking programming. With over a decade of experience, they have co-created multi-award winning lifestyle and culture-driven projects including Wilderness festival.
Wayward is a landscape, art and architecture practice based in London – an award- winning collective of designers, artists and urban growers. Since 2006, Wayward has pioneered new methodologies in the creative use of underutilised land and buildings, transforming forgotten sites into large-scale, design driven spaces that engage local communities and inspire international audiences.
Europe’s largest single regeneration, Greenwich Peninsula is big, eclectic and original. 15,000 new homes in a whole new swathe of London that brings together culture, community, stunning architecture and central London’s first major film hub, all wrapped by the river Thames.
To get kids – who are the future – involved with growing and community, as the Edible Campus and AeroFarms have done, events Farmopolis are listing including “Pirate Gardening – Mint Your Own Seed Coin” from a wildflower seed mix that can be buried (buried treasure) at home to watch grow. Many other creative community events are on offer. And there will be a café which will serve Farmopolis’s own fresh produce.
Farmopolis opens to the public on 30th July 2016. Visit the website for details of opening times, events and location. .What a fabulous exciting project!