Dott 07 Urban Farming Project


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Dott 07 Urban Farming Project

  1. 1. ‘ Urban Farming’ Middlesbrough 2007
  2. 2. Grow Zones <ul><li>61 groups in town are participating </li></ul><ul><li>Schools, residents groups, hospitals, university, Sure Start centres, public parks </li></ul><ul><li>They are growing fresh produce in small, medium and large containers </li></ul><ul><li>235 different-sized containers across town </li></ul><ul><li>Food grown staple veg and some exotics </li></ul>
  3. 5. Kitchen playgrounds <ul><li>Growers bring harvested food to local kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>A chef leads groups in creating, making, cooking and eating recipes </li></ul><ul><li>Information pack and recipe cards being distributed to other groups in town to run their own ‘playgrounds’ </li></ul><ul><li>At least six events across growing season </li></ul><ul><li>The project seeks to connect smart chefs with smart communities </li></ul>
  4. 8. Town meal <ul><li>Public event for over 1500 people in front of Museum of Modern Art (MIMA) </li></ul><ul><li>Event master planned by artist Bob and Roberta Smith as ‘The Really Super Market’ </li></ul><ul><li>Event organised by MIMA and Middlesbrough Council </li></ul><ul><li>In a food and art market, local growers and suppliers sell produce </li></ul><ul><li>Local artists present and sell work in response to the question: “What’s the most important organ, the brain or the stomach?” </li></ul><ul><li>Produce from grow zones harvested and cooked on the day to recipes generated at the Kitchen Playgrounds </li></ul>
  5. 10. Strategic plan <ul><li>The project is commissioning an ‘opportunity map’ for food production in the town in the future from architect/planners Andre Viljoen & Katrina Bohn </li></ul><ul><li>This will map existing allotments, containerised growing within the project, vacant land in the town, farming on the perhipery and local restaurants </li></ul><ul><li>The value of this map is to begin to build a food producing and consuming vision for the town and its landscape </li></ul><ul><li>It seeks to enhance the spatial reach and economic value of food to the town and its social, economic and physical landscape </li></ul>
  6. 12. DOTT Festival <ul><li>Project to be exhibited at DOTT Festival </li></ul><ul><li>This is a design exhibition outside Baltic, Tyneside, beside the Millennium Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>Festival runs weeks 2 & 3, October 07 </li></ul><ul><li>Visitor numbers anticipated at 12,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Urban farming project exhibited as part of larger presentation on theme of sustainable living and economy in north east </li></ul>
  7. 15. <ul><li>The project started in Spring 07 and runs to October 07 </li></ul><ul><li>Since it started, a waiting list for allotments in the town has grown from nil to 70 </li></ul><ul><li>Many schools and neighbourhoods have decided to grow fresh food themselves, without using DOTT07 containers </li></ul><ul><li>The local authority is now considering providing the community with smaller, permanent allotment sites across the town to continue to grow food beyond the project </li></ul><ul><li>The project has won press coverage locally and nationally and been featured at an international conference on ‘food systems’ in India and on ‘edible cities’ in the Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>It has featured by, Blueprint design magazine, The Daily Telegraph and specialist horticultural, regeneration and design press </li></ul>
  8. 17. Project partners to date <ul><li>61 local organisations </li></ul><ul><li>One North East </li></ul><ul><li>Design Council </li></ul><ul><li>Middlesbrough Council </li></ul><ul><li>Middlesbrough PCT </li></ul><ul><li>BioRegional Quintain </li></ul><ul><li>North East Regional Food Group </li></ul><ul><li>Tees Valley Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>English Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Groundwork South Tees </li></ul><ul><li>Middlesbrough Environment City </li></ul><ul><li>Stand Together East Middlesbrough </li></ul>
  9. 18. Dott 07 <ul><li>Dott 07 (Designs of the time 2007) is a year of community projects, events and exhibitions based in North East England that explore what life in a sustainable region could be like - and how design can help us get there. </li></ul><ul><li>More at </li></ul>
  10. 19. For more details, contact: David Barrie Consultant Project Producer Urban Regeneration Consultant Media Producer [email_address]