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The Urban Farm is a Living Lab that brings together urban farmers, community partners and academics through interdisciplinary research on the rooftop farm. The Living Lab builds on user-driven research needs that respond to the challenges of designing and operating a rooftop farm using green roof technology.
The Living Lab was launched in partnership with the
Centre for Studies in Food Security
and is possible thanks to the generous support and funding from Andrew and Valerie Pringle.
Living Lab supported initiatives
A process of community consultation helped to identify research priorities that will continue to guide the activities of the Living Lab. To learn more about these priorities, please visit the
research applications and requests page
on our website.
In addition to
currently supported research projects
on the rooftop farm, Living Lab funding has provided support to several other initiatives addressing food justice, farmer-led research and learning opportunities, including:
pilot programs, which aim to engage community members in selecting, growing and harvesting culturally significant crops
Farmer-led research within the Urban Farm’s operations, such as the mapping of standard operating procedures, generating crop planning tools and reference charts and developing rooftop soil amendment strategies
Hosting two online soil health panels in fall 2020 as part of a series called Growing Better Rooftops: A Soil Health Panel, that discussed strategies for optimizing soil health in green roof media for food production