A Garage and a Greenhouse
The Food Garage Project in Red Deer, Alberta
The basic concept is to partner a garage with an attached greenhouse and renewable energy to create sustainable 4-season growing systems with minimal fossil fuel input that serves both practical and recreational purposes. Owners of a Food Garage can then customize how they want the system to function and what and how they want to grow. Our goal is to show that a family of four can provide all of their food needs for one year in perpetuity using this system – anywhere in the world!
Surrounded by an urban perennial food forest, this project prototype takes a 22′x24′ two-car garage and couples it with a 26ft off-grid 4-season geodesic dome greenhouse. The greenhouse will be accessed through the heated garage which will host:
a 6000L aquaponic system to raise tilapia and red claw crayfish,
a rainwater catchment system to fill the fish tanks and water the greenhouse,
a 7′x9′-32-tray aeroponic system for growing microgreens and wheat grass,
an 8′x8′ walk-in cold storage,
a solar PV array on the south-facing exterior wall,
and in the greenhouse a climate battery and wood-fired hot tub!
There will even be enough room in the garage for a small workshop and/or one parking space!