Project location: London | Southwark | London Bridge
http://www.growup.org.uk/ | @growupbox
Latest Activity: 6 months ago
Created: Tuesday June 18, 2013
The GrowUp Box is open every weekend to the public:
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Join us at 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays for a free talk about aquaponics and urban farming.
The GrowUp Box is an upcycled shipping container with a greenhouse on top which is a highly productive demonstration of aquaponic urban farming. We’ve built the first GrowUp Box thanks to an incredible group of over 300 supporters who helped us raise over £16,000 through a Kickstarter crowd-funding initiative. Inside the greenhouse, using vertical growing techniques, we can grow 400 salads and herbs at any one time as well as producing delicious microgreens.
In the shipping container, we grow Tilapia. Tilapia is an omnivorous white fish and tastes great. We farm the Tilapia at the right stocking density so they have enough room and are in a comfortable sized shoal that means their stress levels are kept low and we can ensure that we are producing the best tasting fish.
The GrowUp Box showcases the potential that aquaponics offers for sustainable commercial urban farming. The GrowUp Box will be open to the public on weekends to give people a chance to see how this technology works (and tastes!). By bringing food production closer to people, we significantly cut down on transportation, refrigeration and packaging. Growing food is hard work, and not everyone who lives in London wants to grow their own food – but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t focus on educating people about where fresh food comes from and what it takes to produce it. We care about the food that we eat, and we think that everyone living in cities should have access to healthy, fresh and environmentally positive produce – even if they don’t want to grow it themselves.