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Digging Deeper Competition – A feast of urban agriculture projects!

yourgardenYour Garden. How about picking up a batch of fresh tomatoes for dinner tonight from your living room.

21 urban agriculture entries!
See them all.

The competition – Problem Space:

Within San Francisco and many urban areas, the potential for using community gardens, backyard gardens, vacant or under-utilized lots, parks, greenhouses, and rooftops for food cultivation is significant. Urban agriculture is known to encourage community wide benefits in urban neighborhoods as well as wellness and business opportunities on an individual scale.

Practicing urban agriculture promotes health, creates gathering spaces for cultural exchange and recreation, revitalizes and beautifies abandoned areas, and provides opportunities for entrepreneurship and active work. What seems to be an obvious opportunity with a multitude of benefits has not brought in the level of interest, support and complimentary application that it could be.

The City of San Francisco and several non-profit organizations have instigated efforts to increase available spaces and services but have not been able to sustain them with their limited resources. Support for urban agriculture, or its intervention into our daily life, has not shown a sustaining promise. The complexity lies on its’ simple nature – it hasn’t gained universal appeal, nor has it been easy. And yes – that we’ve been talking about it as if it has to be a massive effort, or done by a green thumb, but it should not require either.

LinkLink Vertical Garden. City Soil is often filled with contaminants. That’s why LINK doesn’t use dirt. Instead it uses a fabric material the roots anchor themselves onto.

cribChicken Cribs. The Chicken Crib is designed to be simple to assemble, easy to transport, and scalable in production.

SYMSYM System. There are 6 basic elements to play with, including a chicken coop, chicken run, water collection unit, greenhouse, cold frame, and compost bin. Combining these elements together create symbiotic relationships with each other when connected.

bloomersguideThe Late Bloomers Guide. The Late Bloomers Guide is a simple, low-cost booklet. It describes how to access vacant land and gives the basics on urban food production.

plumpolkThe San Francisco Sidewalk Orchard. Imagine plum trees lining Polk Street, lemons on Lombard, and mandarins on Mission Street. Planting fruit trees is one of the easiest steps to transform San Francisco into a food producer and improve access to local food.

parkingfarmThe Parking Farm. A Parking Farm is our innovative model to retrofit existing parking lots and garages with commercial farming systems.

growableGrowables. Growables are a parody of convenience store offerings, intended to change the way people think about growing food. Functionally, they are a compartmentalized, biodegradable unit, holding all the ingredients necessary to grow herbs or other seeds.

yardstoYards to Gardens. The basic platform currently connects those who are looking for gardening space with those who have available space. Users can search an interactive online map by zip code and keyword.

See the competition website and all the projects here.