According to the Yorkshire Post, members of the public in Hull are being urged to get behind a funding bid to create a ‘farm in a box’ right in the centre of the city. The project aims to draw and reconnect city residents with the food they eat and to improve knowledge and understanding of where their food comes from and how to prepare it.
Called ‘Rooted in Hull’, the not for profit enterprise behind the scheme is looking to establish its ‘micro farm’ in a vacant plot next to the Royal Mail sorting office on St. Peters Street. Designs have already been drawn up and plans are now at what is referred to as the ‘feasibility stage’. To further the project, Rooted in Hull is looking to the public to help it win a £25,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund.
According to Rooted in Hull, mobility is imperative to the project as it means that as development sites lay dormant, the project will bring the area to life. The main structures of the farm are based around ship containers and will eventually house a café, shop, toilets and a multi-purpose room. Growing areas will use raised beds designed to take multiple structures and will include; chicken folds, polytunnels and cold frames. Fruit trees will be grown in tubs and a mobile pigpen and other livestock facilities will feature.
We’ve previously featured a similar ‘farm in a box’ concept that also included rainwater harvesting tanks. Being located in the middle of a city means that roof space from local buildings can be used to collect water that can then be channelled into dedicated rainwater tanks. To learn more about rainwater tanks and other storage tanks suitable for mobile farms, get in touch now!