Rooted in Hull is a new ‘For Purpose’ enterprise with a vision to bring a micro farm into the heart of Hull. To do this, the company founders have teamed up with Hessle firm, Ettridge Architecture and developed a new and innovative design that will situate the farm on vacant development sites.
A site on St Peters Street has been identified next to the Royal Mail sorting office and Rooted in Hull has applied for £25,000 funding from the Aviva Community Fund to get started and local people can show their support by voting for having a farm in the City.
Mark Cleaver of Rooted in Hull says:
Rooted in Hull is an urban agriculture concept based on a farm in a box. We have worked closely with Ettridge Architecture to create the concept of a unique micro farming enterprise that has the potential to benefit people who live in the city, becoming a visitor attraction and talking point.
The architect behind the project, Dave Ettridge says:
In a city with no permanent land available, the design was based on creating a structurally mobile and self-sufficient space. Mobility is imperative to the project as it means that as development sites lay dormant, the city farm project will bring the area to life with a practical and sociable scheme that will benefit the community at large. The main structures for the project will be based on ship container architecture eventually housing a café, shop, toilets and a multipurpose room.
Growing areas will be constructed using mobile raised beds designed to take multiple structures including: traditional chicken folds; poly tunnels and cold frames. Fruit trees in tubs, a movable pig pen and other growing and livestock features.
For power and sustainability, we aim to have solar panels and other renewable energy technologies. This approach will allow us to inhabit vacant sites but will allow developers to regain their land when required as the project infrastructure can be loaded onto lorries and relocated to further vacant development sites.
The farm is designed to create spaces for community groups to grow food and showcase their rural skills, to learn and share knowledge about agriculture and the environment and to work together to create a groundbreaking tourist attraction. The modular design will allow the farm to expand as new projects or micro enterprises are developed. The funding will contribute to the first phase of infrastructure development including the growing beds, shop and toilet facilities. The farm’s purpose is to reconnect city residents with food, improve knowledge and understanding of where the food comes from and how to prepare it. It is hoped that food shopping choices will have a positive impact on family budgets and help save money and improve health by growing and preparing fresh produce.
Last year, Rooted in Hull, a not for profit company limited by guarantee, won international recognition for its cutting-edge concept through the global innovation competition, Smart Living Challenge, an open international competition designed to generate ideas that foster a sustainable lifestyle in urban environments.
The funding from Aviva will allow Rooted in Hull to start building the farm and to develop a blueprint for community enterprise and sustainable living of interest internationally showcasing Hull as an innovative and forward thinking City ahead of the Hull City of Culture 2017 celebrations.
To vote in support of Rooted in Hull and help secure the funding, visit: