GREENSGROW Spring 2011 Lorenzo Buffa Stefanie Tomarchio Caitlin Andonian Navjot Banwait
Non-Profit Urban Farm Nursery C.S.A. Employees Volunteers Subsidies Grants
University of the Arts Kensington Neighborhood Urban Gardners Do It Yourselfers Other Urban Farms
For-Profit Material Stream Waste Management Recycling Facility Employees Artist in Residency
RELATIONSHIP GOALS Philadelphia Community
“It’s something we can take up and down, and utilize in different ways.” -Dave Prendergast “If we could utilize them as two different things as the season goes along. Shelving for plants that can be used as an amphitheater for our workshops.” -Dave Prendergast “Something that can be broken down to leave a lot of open space.” -Dave Prendergast
A multi-use module system that can be adapted display space, and educational use. The primary focuses are moving ability and space saving, while also being reproducible for other urban farms.
Utilizing a modular piece to snake around spaces.
Explorations in a modular hanging piece.
A piece that could provide retail and seating space.
Photos courtesy of Brianna Stevens
Movable shelving, for plant growth.
Raises plants to eye level.
Provides more space for plants, while allowing direct sunlight.
Technology for the Poor Job S. Ebenezer; President.
ACTION N.Y. Students
Home Depot Suggestions for Vertical Gardens
WHY THIS FORM? Triangle shape both distributes weight and is sturdy. Simple hinging allows pallets to be stacked as they already are on site, for easy storage. This shape allows for evenly distributing sunlight. Enables more space for plant resale. Minimal modification preserves more embodied energy.
PARTS -Eye-hook -Rope -Screw -Plank
1/4” Twisted Nylon -durable -rot-proof -easy to knot -stretches
1/4” Clothesline -mildew/sag proof -easy to knot -not weatherproof -low load-weight
1/4” Sisal Rope -durable -rot-proof -easy to knot -stretches
3/8” Poly Hollow Braid -mildew/sag proof -easy to knot -not weatherproof -low load-weight
Holds 6 flats per 4ft. square of land.
Holds 10 flats per 4ft. square of land.
Playing with Angles: Playing With Angles:
EQUIPMENT -Drill -Jigsaw -Tape Measure
PARTS -Pressure Treated 2x4 -(2)Cap Screws -(4)Washers -T-hinge
Estimated Cost - $12 per shelf *all metal must be galvanized
EQUIPMENT -Jigsaw -Ruler
Estimated Cost - $4 per shelf 11”
11 1/2” 3 1/2”
SIGNAGE Existing: custom ordered signs handmade signs
Consider: chalkboard paint sustainable â€˜greenâ€™ paint
Leverage brackets can hold at least 268 lbs. Hinged shelves can hold at least 230 lbs. Flats usually only weigh 20 lbs. each, so each shelf only needs to hold 40 lbs.
“This is beautiful. I like how it all stays attached to the system. We tend to lose parts here.” -Dave Prendergast “The height of the shelving needs to be more like this blue side so that the sun can reach to the plants in the back row.” -Dave Prendergast “We all said we liked the locking system that had the little pieces - they could be a little sturdier, but they’re easy to remake if they break.” -Ryan Kock “Placement [of the pallets] isn’t the issue- it’s because it is on both sides.You can’t place them so that both sides face south.” -Ryan Kock
TIME: 2:30 approx.
Pivot - use a more durable hinge, lower shelving units. Bracket - size of wood for bracket, screws in bracket. Location and specific plant for each may need to be planned in advance.
INSTRUCTIONS How to Assemble
CLAMP SHELF ARM TO PALLET STRINGER AND DRILL (THE SMALLER BIT, THEN A LARGER BITWORK UP IN SIZE) THE HOLE FOR THE BOLT
CLAMP SHELVING PIECES TOGETHER AND SCREW TO ENSURE A GOOD FIT AROUND THE PALLET
INSTRUCTIONS How to Assemble
MARKING LENGTH OF HINGE ARM
IF YOU HAVE NO BOLTS, A CAPSCREW AND NUT WILL SUFFICE.
SHELVES ARE SECURED BY A BOLT AND WASHER ON EACH OF THE STRINGER.
MARK BRACKET MEASUREMENTS
1.5” 2.25” 4”
Variation A: Bracket
How to Illustrate
Photo courtesy of Tim Moyer
Special Thanks to Greensgrow, Revolution Recovery, Fern Gookin, Will McHale, and Andrew Dahlgren
Published on May 3, 2011