Pop Up Farming FAQ

What is Pop Up Farming?
It is a food producing garden or small farm that is built on temporary space, that can be moved and all materials recovered, on as need basis.

What types of farming is included in Pop Up Farming?

Pop Up Raised Beds: In Chicago, Ken Dunn of City Farms, who was the first to explain the idea, describes it as using empty city land, sealing the land beneath, and then creating beds on top filled with good quality compost. This is an Urban Farm and can be utilized as for seasonal growth, where beauty and food are desired.

Pop Up Containers: In New York and Berlin, this has become a very popular style. It relies on Buckets and other containers to contain soil and compost, while growing high value and high quality plants. This can be in a wider range of lots, old parking lots, etc.

What do I need for a Pop Up Farm location?
A piece of open space, anywhere, that will be largely undisturbed. Decide on kind, and either build raised beds or containers, with compost and soil. Must have water, drainage, and at least 8 hours of light.

Can we use Earthworm Composting on a Pop Up Farm?
Yes, vermiculture setups allow for portability. They can be set up where needed, and with little space. The key element is keeping a good temperature. In many ways, this is better and faster than some traditional composting methods.

How Temporary Can a Pop Up Farm be?
In ideal conditions, a Pop Up Raised Bed will be allowed to remain at least one entire growing season, and is especially useful at 3-4 years. In the terms of Pop Up Buckets, it can be a single day. The greatest risk is shocking plants from extensive movement. But with fast growing plants, it can be a couple of months, and allows for easy movement.

Would Balcony Farms be considered Pop Up Farm?
It certainly can be, as it has a temporary aspect to it, even if it is 30 years old. It can be removed if needed, and restarted. Balcony Gardens offers a amazing opportunity for small families to grow food, and deal with abundance of well cared for plant?

Are all Urban Farms considered Pop Up Farms?
No, as there are many in the ground projects, which are far more permanent. These cannot be moved, and when the land is needed, the farm and food production can be lost.

Are Vertical Farms considered Pop Up Farms?
Because of the huge investment in creating such projects, it would not be considered Pop Up in the simplest sense. Certainly, it could be broken down and moved, but the cost would be tremendous. Now individual aspects of the Vertical Farm are Pop Up Systems, that can and are built for a temporary period of time. Vertical Farms can nurture Pop Up Farms in your area.

What can we do with our produce?
That really depends on local laws. Currently the most common ways is direct to restaurants and farmers markets. As production grows, there will be small grocers, and finally even the largest stores will help pick up any overproduction. Of course, Community Supported Agriculture, with shares of the farms direct to family, is one of the most common as well. Food Banks are a great way to get to the poorest and most in need.

At Nature’s Little Recycler we have discussed with Tech startups that are focused on food distribution and ordering. We are working on ways to use Apps, Smart Phones, and other tools to provide greater market access, as the number of farmers and buyers grow.