Celebrate the launch of our pioneering urban farm

This Friday and Saturday (17-18 May 2019), the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield will be hosting its first event to celebrate the launch of the urban farm project.

Jacob Nickles

Food in the Urban Environment Family Fun Day

Saturday 18 May 2019

On Saturday, experts from the Institute will unveil the pioneering soil-free farm, transformed from a former school building, with a day of family activities, including hands-on demonstrations, food tasting, craft workshops and talks on nutrition and growing food in cities.

The abandoned school in Tinsley has been transformed with the installation of groundbreaking hydroponics systems by Jacob Nickles, Knowledge Exchange Associate from the new Institute for Sustainable Food.

Using a network of pipes, nutrient solutions, controlled growing environments and polyurethane foams, Jacob is growing everything from salad to tomatoes using a pioneering soil-free technique.

Jacob Nickles said: “The urban farm is a physical manifestation of some of the groundbreaking work that happens at the University. Rather than speaking about it and publishing papers, we’ve actually built a working system for growing food.

“This Saturday is a chance for us to start engaging with our local community – learning from them about what food they want to see the farm grow, and talking about how members of the public can get involved.”

All are welcome to attend this free event at Tinsley Tingas. You can drop in at any time between 10am and 4pm.

Full details and tickets

Food in the Urban Environment Professional Day

Friday 17 May 2019

On Friday, the institute will also be holding a professional day at the urban farm, open to staff and stakeholders interested in learning more about local food production systems, nutrition and initiatives.

This event promises to be a day packed with interesting talks from academics regarding research in the area of sustainable food production, nutrition and local and regional governance of these systems. There will also be local agri-tech businesses showcasing their products.

Register for free