Automated Farm-In-A-Box Is A Solution For Urban Food Deserts

Automated Farm-In-A-Box Is A Solution For Urban Food Deserts
Design

An advanced module for growing crops can be quickly and easily installed in cramped city quarters

Matt Vitone
  • 28 june 2017

Urban farming is an idea that has long fascinated urban planners, but implementing it has proven tricky. In highly congested cities where space is at a premium, it is often too expensive and difficult to secure adequate space. Not so with EkoFARMER, a self-described “second-generation” vertical farming module that takes up less space than traditional greenhouses, while automating much of the process.

Developed by Finnish company Exsilio, EkoFARMER is a temperature and humidity controlled module that can grow “almost any crop imaginable,” according to the company. The module’s main selling point is its size, measuring just 13 meters long, meaning it has a much smaller footprint than many traditional urban farming solutions. It can simply be plugged in wherever there are water and electrical supplies.

Much of the module is automated, including watering, lighting and heat, meaning that minimal human interaction is needed. These settings can also be customized depending on the types of plants grown. Exsillio is primarily targeting the module at businesses that could reap the benefits of producing their own crops in small quantities, as well as at communities where access to fresh produce is limited.

“Businesses, municipalities, and organisations of all sizes can benefit from the possibilities EkoFARMER can provide,” reads a statement on the company’s website. “Restaurants can use EkoFARMER to grow their own locally produced crops, and large companies can serve self-grown ecological food in the company cafeteria.”

EkoFARMER

Urban farming is an idea that has long fascinated urban planners, but implementing it has proven tricky. In highly congested cities where space is at a premium, it is often too expensive and difficult to secure adequate space. Not so with EkoFARMER, a self-described “second-generation” vertical farming module that takes up less space than traditional greenhouses, while automating much of the process.

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+urban farming
+vertical farming

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