Two years ago, the Sustainability Carlisle Network approached Northumbria University’s Architecture Department asking for help with designing an urban farm in the city.

Four international final year students took up the challenge and have come up with innovative plans for a site in the Currock district of Carlisle.

This will provide sustainable food, including fish and vegetables, for the community in the area.  Paul Cross, a member of the Carlisle network said:

“It’s really positive that this team of students have taken an interest in our project and decided to support it with their work and now an exhibition.  They’ve been up to the site several times and are inspired to come up with ideas which will give communities sustainable futures.  The plumbing students I teach at Carlisle College have done some work on the Aquaponics which would operate on the site within the architecture student’s designs.  It’s a relatively new food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.  We as a planet need to think about how we can live sustainably more and more. We hope the exhibition will drum up more support and exposure so we can eventually secure funding to make it a reality.”

For more detail, and comments from those involved, click here.


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