Ideas. Cities. Social Innovation.

The idea is to increase access to locally grown food and get people “more connected and more aware of where their food comes from,” said Council Member Gary Schiff.

That is, if we are not throwing homegrown tomatoes at each other.

The ordinance establishes market gardens, where crops grown in a yard could be offered for sale. Gardeners would have to pay for a city license and adhere to strict rules about the farm stand from which they would sell their food.

Can a 17 story vertical greenhouse make a Swedish city self-sufficient? I’m intrigued, and think it would be amazing if this model works.

Can a 17 story vertical greenhouse make a Swedish city self-sufficient? I’m intrigued, and think it would be amazing if this model works.

The entire project will be built around the concept of permaculture — an ecological design system, philosophy and set of ethics and principles used to create perennial, self-sustaining landscapes and settlements that build ecological knowledge and skills in communities. The concept of a food forest is a core concept of permaculture design derived from wild food ecosystems, where land often becomes forest if left to its own devices. In a food forest, everything from the tree canopy to the roots is edible or useful in some way.

It’s an innovative solution, based on a principle known as aquaponics, where everything exists to work together. Tilapia fish waste is high in ammonia which nourishes the plants; the plants clean the water, which can then be returned to the fish. The businesses within the building work in symbiosis, too. So, waste from the brewery provides the perfect growing material for the mushroom farm.