The xClinic’s Farmacy is a distributed urban farm designed to improve environmental health, augment biodiversity, and produce delicious edibles. Any railing, double-hung window or parapet can host an AgBag, creating arable land out of thin air.
Farmacy is a network of AgBags. Agbags create territory for urban edibles and neutracueticals from excess structural resources from our urban environment. AgBags need U to farm, in Ufarms, networks that improve the air-quality, and urban biodiversity. We need U to participate in this exploratory research, because the critical component of a participatory socioecological system is the work of participation. To capture the incredible resource of many intelligent observations, from many diverse humans. We have some ideas we’d like to run by u.
Here we will point out the strange and wonderful incentives for u to transform your railing, window, parapet, fence or formerly unproductive spaces into thriving i-farms. Imagine snail races, black pansies and 14th floor pollinators; u can use rainwater, grey-water; automate (with a hydraulic-robot, similar in design to the robots of the C13th) and retain soil moisture. This is within the safety margins and structural capacity of existing urban structures, requires no destructive attachments, and is easily moved into place or removed by a single i-farmer. The closed and coupled systems of Farmacy and Agbags specifically, demonstrate an agriculture system with NO nutrient run off which means NO degradation of local ecosystem or water quality: a demonstration that food production need not externalize the environmental costs, like fertilizers, contaminants or other additives (take, for example, snail poison). By contrast, the system will augment the nutritional resources for humans and non-humans and is designed to create new forms of biodiversification (here come the snails) and intensification (how do u milk a snail?).
We can step u through the phenological diagram for each planting scheme (depending on exposure and other factors) which we have developed to maximize the shoot-to-root ratio and the leaf area for trans evaporation so that each mature AgBag has a capacity to cool the urban heat island effects as a mature tree–but in a single season.
Recruit your neighbor to create a share-farm, like farmville for fleshy neighbors and explore the social experiment in how we can aggregate microplots for our mutual benefit. There is also an optimized pedestrian distribution system for high-perishable urban foods (u-foods); and an opportunity to market your produce and micro-harvest by making transaction costs very low, piggy backing on the trips u already make to the green market, and building on the observations and experiments that each of us can do.The exploration of how we can collectively produce a viable urban agriculture begins…
Come to Union Square on May 11, 2011 and we can explain the Farmacy’s AgBags and how they can aggregate and create territory for urban edibles and neutracueticals from the excess structural resources of our urban environment; and how this can significantly improve the air-quality, and urban biodiversity. We need U to participate in this exploratory research, because one of the critical components of a participatory socioecological system is how well does participation work; how to capture the incredible resource of many intelligent observations, from many diverse humans. We have some ideas we’d like to run by u.