In many areas of the world people use step-farming, or vertical farming, to efficiently utilize awkward terrain or limited flat spaces in order to grow food. Now a new eco-friendly urban garden concept is on the horizon that may begin to change the face of urban food production and proximity to nature. New urban vertical farming projects like those featured on Treehugger.com show that urbanites can farm even within the landscape limitations of major cities. These designs better utilize our natural resources and bring city people closer to food sources, benefiting both people and the earth.
When New York magazine asked four architects to dream up proposals for a lot on Canal Street, Work AC came up with vertical farming plans. Work AC principals Dan Wood and Amale Andraos explain, "We thought we'd bring the farm back to the city and stretch it vertically. We are interested in urban farming and the notion of trying to make our cities more sustainable...Underneath is what appears to be a farmers market, selling what grows above."