Rethinking vertical farming in urban slums


As part of the first Agenda28 Impact Design Challenge and in partnership with the Harvard Development Think Tank, a team of Harvard college students ideated a solution to utilize vertical space to drastically increase nutritional access and green areas in slum communities.



Agenda28 created a modular vertical agriculture system made out of recycled PET bottles. Each planter works like a building block that can be stacked to create different arrangements. The planters have a self-watering system that requires being refilled with fresh water only once every two weeks. Additionally, a solar light block was incorporated to provide light to slum streets. An essential part of the project was to create a product that could be easily produced with recycled materials and accessible machinery, so its production may provide employment opportunities to resource-challenged communities.



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