This is a portable micro farm on an industrial scale. The first floor is a recycled shipping container that houses an aquaculture fish farm. The upper story greenhouse houses the hydroponic vegetable growing that is an integral part of an aquaponics system. A food production unit like this can go anywhere in the city and if necessary move to a new location. It will be interesting to see how this concept evolves. Why aren't we innovating like this here in NYC?
BERLIN, Jul 21 (IPS) - (Excerpt) The Prinzessinnengarten is one of many organic agriculture projects flourishing in numerous cities across Europe. In Berlin itself, another initiative organised by Urban Farmers, a group based in Zurich, Switzerland, uses aquaponics, which combines traditional aquaculture or fish farming with hydroponics, the cultivation of vegetables in water. The result is a sustainable food production system that reduces both water consumption and waste.
The two activities are combined in the Rostlaube or "container farm", in which vegetables are grown in a greenhouse mounted on top of an old industrial container converted into a fish farming tank.
"Our goal is to help people remember that we can produce food using the smallest possible amount of chemical substances, without fertilisers or pesticides or antibiotics," UrbanFarmers director Roman Gaus told Tierramérica.