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This website contains all the information you will need to grow food at ultra-low cost when arable land is not available. It is particularly useful when access to water is limited. UrbanFarm® grows vegetables and fruit in vertical bags but in a quite ingenious way.
This video is all about our urbanfarm project:


In particularly deprived areas of the developing world we may help to fund the purchase of seed and compost for new project starts following which they will become self-funding.

Funds for this are generated by the sale of Parallel Bar Planters manufactured under a not for profit arrangement. For details of this product and to make a purchase please go to:


  1. There will be a global population of 9 Billion by 2050 – currently (2013) we are over 7 Billion.
  2. Unemployment – Globally there will always be a degree of exponential population increase.
  3. The prospect is famine or feed

There is a solution that has a common denominator to the above problems. The answer is labour intensive crop farming on sites other than existing arable land, utilising a simple growing method that can be temporarily sited (nomadic)  and manned by trained (low skilled) urban farmers. They can either be self- employed or working in a not for profit Co-operative/Voluntary Sector/Charitable organisation or Entrepreneurial Enterprises.

There is no mystery to “UrbanFarm®” vertical Grow Bags, they share the same technology as the Hanging Basket – it is how they are deployed that is the critical path to success.


For the last four years we have been developing our UrbanFarm project. This is a very simple method of growing vegetables and fruit in vertically hung bags, very useful if you have no access to land.

We originally designed it for use in arid climates as it needs only tiny amounts of water to maintain it. We've carried out project trials in England, Kenya and Bangladesh with great results as virtually the only cost is the price of a seed which can often be given free by development agencies.

Please look at this list of advantages and see if you may be able to use UrbanFarm at your project. If you need any help or advice please contact me Mike Tomkinson at:

A note on the involvement of Rotary – The product/project was conceived and developed over a four year period with trials and fact finding in Bangladesh, Kenya and the UK. Progress is good and ongoing, led by Rochdale Rotary Club.

Click here to access our Application Manual now and start growing your own food.