ToDo: Green Living show

1 Mar

Part of my work at Sander Design includes the design and building of a unique fence to give a garden feel to the booth they are designing for this year’s Green Living Show.

Urban agriculture fence. The shelves also pivot to close the fence when you’re not growing anything, so that you can choose when you want to be social, and when you want to be private. The fence takes sprout and herb growing vertical. An important part of the design work for this project will be to test whether or not it’s worth it to grow plants out of the ground outside. Vertical growing is likely to become important in our urban setting, but I suspect that growing in the ground outdoor and in the sunlight yields more than container growing. I would like to find out how a healthy, robust rhizosphere could be nurtured in a container environment, given a limited soil depth and area.

The other, almost larger portion of my work will be to design/build a community harvest table for 20 people. The table will be a part of the Urban Forests booth, which will be shared by 10 environmental NGOs or ENGOS. I’m quite excited and nervous about this piece, because it will be built from irregular pieces of reclaimed, dredged from the bottom of the lake wood, and it will live in a public park in north Toronto called Ben Nobleman park. Growing For Green has planted a community orchard in the park, and the table will be used for sorting the harvest, picnics, events and so forth.


5 Responses to “ToDo: Green Living show”

  1. envisionpigeon March 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Case, this is awesome. I love the 20 person community harvest table – it epitomizes what a table should be. I love the organic nature of the build too – with the lake wood. Looking forward in hearing about the project and give some input.

    • caseywong March 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks Carla, I just saw the wood today and it’s impressive. Lambos, the wholesaler of the wood has all sorts of fascinating woods, some of it used over a hundred years ago. We’re also building a deck out of barn boards from a Mennonite barn.

  2. BananaViews March 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    I’m looking forward to seeing these projects come to fruition. Will you be growing from seed for the exhibit? I was wondering about the timing of that.

    • caseywong March 31, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

      We’re working with people from Toronto Sprout company, and others as well for all the vegetation. The sprouts and wheat grass are grown year round, and the other stuff is forced into leaf and bloom every year for Canada Blooms, the big gardening trade show, so we’ll have some leftovers from that.


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