Consumer: Frisch vom Dach in Berlin

A group of German entrepreneurs are transforming a former factory in Berlin into a sustainable farm to produce vegetables and fish for the city.

Frisch vom Dach, meaning Fresh From The Roof, hope to have their first harvest by 2013.  The urban farm will comprise a 7,000 sqm roof garden, utilizing a sustainable food production method called aquaponics – a cycle system that uses fish waste to fertilize vegetables and plants, which in turn purify the water tanks that the fish are harvested in.  Once the fish are harvested they will be sold on as food.

“The beauty of the system is that you just need to add fish food,” explains co-founder of the company, Karoline vom Böckel.

As depleting resources become key concerns for future living, creative projects like this will hopefully prompt us into using alternative methods for growing produce and preserving our scarce resources before it is too late.  Similarly, FARM: shop in Dalston, East London, opened earlier this year as a ‘utopian’ urban farm that rears and sells fresh food on site. – Samantha Fox

Images are courtesy of Architizer.


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