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UrbanFarmers Concept Farm Model Presented at TEDx Zurich.

One of our clients, the start-up UrbanFarmers, was invited to speak at TEDx Zurich to present their urban agricultural concept: good food from the roof. UrbanFarmers is indeed working on the mission to install aquaponic agricultural system on the top of otherwise unused building roofs. Aquaponics is a farming technique that allows to grow fish and plants simultaneously: the fish nourish the plants with their urine, plants clean the water for the fish. You eat both.

They have asked us to build a functioning concept model that can explain this system in an educational way to be brought on stage during the second TEDx Zurich Event.
So we have designed and built a mini aquaponic greenhouse. Yes you can crop and eat the salad when is ready if you wish. Which probably makes it the world smallest aquaponic greenhouse farm ever built.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 federico 08/10/2011 at 15:24

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

It is very interesting. Would be nice to explore the spatial consequences of such a farm in urban terms. But instead of starting a very banal discussion on scale and phenomenology of such an eterotopia, I was wondering: what kind of fish can one grow? Is it safe? Does it require a vet control?
It sounds soo yummy I might start my hydrophonic farm asap….
Keep up, we always support you from where we are.

2 scarponio 08/10/2011 at 15:35

Hello there!
thanks for comment and staying in touch. There is not much phenomenology to discuss. Greenhouse are exspencive, so they are very costs/production optimized. This is one of those. Period. Regarding fish you can grow: tilapia, greyfish, salmon, carp. One at a time thought. 100% safe. I mean, farming is always a risk but not more risky then nomal vegetables farming and fish farming. But yes you have the complication of both words. But this is why is fun we believe.

3 Josh 24/09/2012 at 11:21

Much of this has been prototyped and is being field tested successfully here:

http://www.gardenpool.org
They’ve an Ebook.

4 Antonio Scarponi 24/09/2012 at 13:41

Thank you very much for your comment.

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