Kees Lokman, Terry Guen Design Associates
The Four Mile Farm integrates food production into the social and built environment; it provides alternatives of how to create environments that maintain livable conditions in the event of extended loss of power, heating fuel or shortages of water, by producing more of our food and energy locally.
The rise in energy prices in 2008 forced us to rethink the 1,500-mile journey that an average bite of food travels in the U.S. from where it is grown to where it is eaten. This proposal addresses alternatives of how to create environments that maintain livable conditions in the event of extended loss of power, heating fuel or shortages of water, by producing more of our food and energy locally.
The Four Mile Farm integrates food production into the social and built environment; it completely transforms the Grand Concourse from a transportation corridor to a self-sustaining boulevard. The farm will create new jobs, strengthen the economy and provide research and education opportunities. Supermarkets, restaurants, education facilities, churches and residents are part of the Four Mile Farm cooperative network, which coordinates food distribution, stewardship and organic waste recycling. Geothermal, solar and wind provide renewable energy resources that power the Four Mile Farm. Local food distribution cuts transportation costs and reduces the energy intensity of our food system.
Multi-use trails weave through the four mile farm and provide recreational opportunities for walking, running or biking, to help reduce obesity and increase the overall health of the Bronx. The existing subway eliminates the need for motorized traffic on the farm, while maintaining accessibility and connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods. The Four Mile Farm provides a wide variety of experiences and environments that re-energizes and transforms the Grand Concourse into an unconventional dimension of agriculture that is intertwined within the Bronx.