Food nourishes our cities. Unfortunately current food systems are not up to scratch. They are carbon intense, ecologically destructive and produces tonnes and tonnes of plastic pollution. We have also become alienated from our food systems. Many people only interact with fresh produce when it comes out of a plastic package. At Biofilta, we believe that food literacy relies on participation in the process of growing food. Urban food production is a great solution for revitalising our cities. It reduces food miles to food metres, prevents land clearing and deforestation, cuts plastic out of the equation and gives the opportunity for city dwellers to rediscover where their food comes from.
At Biofilta, we want to make urban food production more widespread. We’ve identified the challenges to urban food growing and designed a suite of robust, modular wicking garden beds to address these challenges. Our systems are soil based and they use the latest in wicking technology to store water for growing delicious vegetables or herbs efficiently and without the need for pumps or complicated irrigation systems. They can be installed into homes, schools, rooftops, office spaces, community gardens and commercial urban farm projects. Our vision is for cities to become less reliant on food from far away and to reengage a generation of urbanites who have become disconnected from the food system.