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UK: Square Miles Farms launches pop-up farm in London

A pop-up urban farm created in partnership with Square Mile Farms, one of our Local Heroes, has opened at 109 Fleet Street in London, UK, providing over 1000 salad bags of fresh greens for free.

The Fleet Street Quarter has launched a community-led pop-up Urban Farm, in partnership with Square Mile Farms. The pop-up invites the community to harvest sustainable and local herbaceous produce, fully funded by the Fleet Street Quarter (FSQ) BID.

The farm, the first Square Mile Farm open to the public, uses hydroponic growing walls to grow its products. The farm will be open until the end of June but visitors can head down on the 14th and 21st of June to harvest parsley, kale, sage, and basil.

Partnering with Square Mile Farms, the Urban Farm will use self-watering hydroponic towers and walls, producing over 1000 supermarket-sized salad bags of ultra-fresh greens this month. Supporting ambitions for progressive community stewardship in the Fleet Street Quarter, workers, residents and visitors are invited to pick their crop. On 14 June and 21 June, visitors will harvest parsley, kale, sage and basil grown at the pop-up.

Rachael Smith, BID Manager, Fleet Street Quarter, commented: “The BIDs Urban Farm underlines the Fleet Street Quarter’s aims to foster environmental and community stewardship. An innovative solution to developing engaging retail units, the initiative exemplifies how the BID is taking a hands-on approach to promoting sustainability in the Fleet Street Quarter.

Partnering with Square Mile Farms aligns with the BIDs wider goals of engaging with local businesses and creating a connected green community; empowering all those who work, live and visit with an educational hub that promotes health and wellbeing.”

Chief Growth Office Hamish Grant explains, “People wanted more than a bag of produce, they couldn’t imagine a farm on the roof of the building, so we began doing tours for people. One thing led to another, and our neighbors approached us asking if they could have a farm in their office for their employees to enjoy. It all took off from there.”

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