Urban Agriculture is becoming a sustainable and effective development trend, especially in urban regeneration, building green infrastructure, preventing climate change and food supply. However, it is not easy to start growing a Urban Agriculture system, particularly in high density city where there are a lot of limitation in land resource as well as investment sources. Mobile garden emerges as a feasible solution, which has the ability to meet strict requirements
A strong characteristics of mobile garden is flexibility, moving versatility instead of permanent plant into the ground. It may save land while it is easy to arrange and to change based on the typical circumstances. Additionally, it is also used as a decoration that improve the lively, air quality and landscape. Mobile garden can reduce a lot ofbudget for the user.
They can start their mobile garden with a shopping cart, a bag, a crate, a mini fridge, retrofitted into a planting and transform into mobile edible garden. It brings many positive benefits in different aspects such as environment, waste treatment and recycling, boosting the creative and growing. For instance, there are many projects which were conducted by Wayward Plants Company, they invite local community come to work and design the garden with their staff and volunteers. People are free to create some mobile planting as well as the rest of garden with recycle material.
Mobile garden is the first step to involve resident with Urban Agriculture projects. Because of flexible characteristic, it can be moved around city and presenting on street to promote its benefit with public. People who are not familiar with Urban Agriculture, they will have more opportunities to approach and study about it. That encourage more people interest with urban agriculture and start growing something in their house. For example, in Odd Places, New York, Art Festival which was organized by university students, drew the participation of many people as well as artists. Another distinctive event is there are around 40 planting-shopping carts move on the streets of Berlin for the winter that attract a lot of attention from residents.
In conclusion, mobile garden is a suitable option for people who don’t have enough space but want to have a green space connecting them with nature. In broader scale, mobile garden contributes to the development of urban agriculture as well as green infrastructure of cities.