City schools to reconnect with food through new urban agriculture project
Prairie Urban Farm launches Farm on Wheels crowdfunding campaign
Prairie Urban Farm is launching a crowdfunding campaign to build a mobile Farm on Wheels. Designed to be part farm and part training facility, the 40-foot shipping container will house an innovative farm built tough enough to survive an Edmonton winter.
The campaign kicks off Monday, March 14, 2016.
We think food insecurity is a big deal.
Our conventional food systems are in desperate need of creative interventions if we are to have any hope of feeding those in need. The Farm on Wheels project is the kind of radical approach needed to generate changes at the community level.
Located at the University of Alberta South Campus, Prairie Urban Farm is a one-acre demonstration farm that has been working with Edmonton communities to grow fresh produce, build a community of urban farmers, and provide awareness and skill-building in sustainable agriculture and food systems.
The Farm on Wheels project takes our mission to the next level, by bringing sustainable agriculture education to Edmonton schools and communities year-round. Once the container farm is built, it will be capable of producing fresh food, and will provide an onsite training facility where teachers and students can learn about farming, food safety and much more.
Last year, we asked teachers around Edmonton how we could help them get growing in their classrooms. What they told us inspired us to think radically. They needed the farm to come to them and they needed classroom-scale technologies.
Since then, we’ve been developing a program to instruct teachers and students about farming that provides hands-on training and easy-to-use technologies.
Members of Edmonton communities are invited to join the mission and help build the Farm on Wheels. The IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign starts on Monday, March 14, 2016 and closes on Friday April 22, 2016. The goal is to raise $100,000 to develop training materials and build an operational farm by September 2016.
Farm on Wheels Project page
Make Something Edmonton
For more information or interview requests, please contact:
Debra Davidson, PhD Director, Farm on Wheels firstname.lastname@example.org 780-668-2966