This is the seventh of multiple posts covering all of the ideas generated at the Somerville by Design: East Somerville Design Charrette that was held September 30 – October 2, 2013. We have numbered all of the images so that it is easier to reference them when providing feedback.
Feedback should be provided using the comments section below to facilitate discussion among the entire community of East Somerville for each idea presented. For any further questions, please contact the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development at 617-625-6600.
Freight farming is like a greenhouse but provides an enclosed and climate controlled space to allow for food production in climates or landscapes that cannot support agriculture. Interstate 93 is a piece of regional infrastructure that has forever changed Somerville. We can turn this negative into a positive by reclaiming the space underneath to provide local food.
Concept 16 further reinforces East Somerville as a new foodie hub. The Edgerly School can be re purposed into a facility to help train farmers, food preparers, and the community on growing and preparing great, local, healthy foods.
This concept brings the local food to market. A renovated and transformed former automotive garage can be the place to buy local fresh foods grown a quarter mile away.
Concepts 15-17 are the physical characteristics that create a local food hub. Within each concept, the other the other components of a food hub are addressed. For instance, at the East Somerville Food Co-Op in Concept 17 they can provide internships or community engagement. This multilevel participation helps the food hub succeed.
Be sure to check out all of the East Somerville idea posts: