Agropolis was a scalable transitional urban farm within Christchurch’s inner city. It involved composting organic waste from inner city hospitality businesses as well as the ground preparation, sowing and planting, harvesting, cooking and distribution of the produce.
Agropolis was a joint project between FESTA, Garden City 2.0, and others. It was a pilot project that the Agropolis team went on to expand into Cultivate, including creating a mobile kitchen that can be used for 'garden to plate' experiences and educational opportunities with the community, schools and beyond. Agropolis was part of a wider movement within Christchurch dedicated to empowering the community to address our own food security via accessible and sustainable food production and distribution.
"We're trying to get more people in touch with where their food comes from," says Alex Davies, chef at Shop 8. "Instead of just having a green space in the city, we're actually using it for something."
Agropolis holds regular public workshops on composting, seed raising, and sustainable building. The Agropolis shed build was led by Dr. Kerry Mulligan and the students at the School of Architectural Studies, CPIT, with help by volunteers. The shed uses four different sustainable building techniques.
Garden City 2.0, FESTA, A Local Food Project, Plant Gang, AECOM, Citycare, CPIT, Gardenmakers, Soil and Health Canterbury, EMNZ, Zing Bokashi, Thank You Payroll, Songs for Christchurch, SIFT, Roots Restaurant, BearLion Foods, and Shop 8.