London’s Covent Garden, a former fruit and veg market, has once again become home to edible plants thanks to a pop-up hydroponic farm.
The pop-up farm has been installed by Square Mile Farms in a retail space on Floral Street where over 120 edible plants – including mint, lettuce, basil, coriander, parsley, and thyme -will be grown using vertical hydroponic systems
Square Mile Farm’s systems, which are manufactured from recycled ocean bound plastic, use 90-95 per cent less water than traditional agriculture.
Plants will be harvested every three to four weeks, with members of the community and local schools invited to join harvesting sessions to learn about sustainable eating and take home the fresh produce, or otherwise donate it to food banks and similar charities.
The project, run by Covent Garden and Square Mile Farms, is part of an ongoing effort to make Covent Garden more green, with 10,000 UK grown plants already introduced to the area.
Image Credit: Square Mile Farms
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living