When I pictured myself on Urban Farm, I envisioned acres of rolling green atop some non-existent Dublin skyscraper. Of course the sun will be shining and I’ll probably be knawing on a raw carrot amidst rows of fluffy lettuces and vine tomatoes. A reality check cuts to a rainy rooftop littered with industrial blue plastic barrels and wooden crates that have seen better days. Despite the aesthetic disappointment, which, in fairness, is hardly justified, as the roof farm isn’t even up and running yet, I am blown away by the concept and its myriad of layers. Beneath me is the workshop where every system on the farm is designed, developed and constructed. Multi-tier beds and tower barrels, made from upcycled waste, that will allow 60 plants grow where traditionally only 5 should fit; tomatoes, lettuces and cucumbers at the sides, topped with strawberries and raspberries. An aquaphonic system whereby fish poo fertilizes and feeds herbs and plants. Your meat and veg in one fell swoop. This is hardcore sustainable living and although my preconceived notion of how Urban Farm should look has not yet been realized. I have no doubt this is an oasis of greenery is the making.
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