A Pop-Up Farm Fantasy
Wouldn't it be cool if we could build a temporary urban farm on the completely empty, full-sun, gently-south-sloping no-man's land bounded by Henry, Waverley and Brookline Streets in Cambridgeport?
I measured 2000 m^2 (half an acre) of arable space, leaving room for paths in between growing containers. That's 20 x 100 m. In a previous post I figured out how much Henry Street Farms can produce: around 930 pounds of food. We probably have 50 ^m of growing space, but could use 100 m^2 for those plants. So the pop-up farm would have 20 times as much space, and should be able to produce 10,000 pounds of food. I think the order of magnitude is right, as you can grow 7000 pounds of cucumbers per acre or 20,000 pounds of tomatoes per acre. Of course that is with knowledge and fertilizer and all that good stuff. Well, maybe we can find people with knowledge, and use compost from the neighborhood for fertilizer.
Here are some reading links for inspiration:
A temporary urban farm in Brooklyn
A temporary urban farm in Philadelphia
Jobs at a temporary urban farm in Roxbury, MA
Green City Growers transforms unused space into urban farms; maybe we could just get their help with this project!
I love what is happening in Detroit.
Very cool resource: the economics of urban farming
Some information and ideas about urban agriculture
Resources from California on urban agriculture