Urban design and planning consultancy Hatch RobertsDay is summoning developers to morph their unused land into urban farms, with the aim of merging local food systems into our cities.

Recent cases of food anxiety and sparsely stocked supermarkets have inspired the development of fruit and vegetable gardens on residential lands, and independently run ‘urban farms’ for regional communities at apartment blocks and on suburban land parcels. Restaurant food gardens are also growing in popularity.

Hatch RobertsDay has recognised the advantages of delivering locally and sustainably grown food to the community.

A key motivator behind this plan is Catherine Simpson, Queensland Senior Urban Designer at Hatch RobertsDay. Catherine is a director of Brisbane Food City – a collaborative, city-led project including several top agricultural experts recently shortlisted for the Rockefeller Food Vision Prize. RobertsDay donated to the Brisbane Food City project during its initial stages. 

The plan reconceptualises Brisbane as a sustainable, local food system, delivering food production to 190 Brisbane suburbs by way of farms and hubs by 2050. Catherine’s wisdom, as well as Brisbane Food City’s project vision, inspired them to team up with developers to develop urban farms throughout the community. 

Each of these farms should feature top quality and uncontaminated soil, and functional design. These farms and hubs will encourage independence, food security, and a stronger sense of community.

The urban farms will vary in dimension, from 100-3000sqm, and feature garden patches and small workshop spaces. The farms will offer fruit trees, vegetable patches, flowering plants, and herbs. Workshops will be conducted in sheds at the farms, to host cooking, floristry and gardening classes for the community. It will be designed as a family-friendly community space. 

Hatch RobertsDay outlines the four primary benefits of urban farms, including availability to produce, enhancing community self-sufficiency, enhancing health and reinforcing a sense of community.

Urban farms and food hubs encourage a localised food system that is sustainable and powered by and for the people, encouraging a feeling of health, community, independence and empowerment.


Source: Architecture and Design.com