Want To Ride A Farm To Work?


I know that question is a bit of a headscratcher but in Seoul, it is actually one you could pose. Thanks to the Bike Share Farm you can now ride a literal garden to work every day.

The Bike Share Farm By the Peoples Industrial Design Office is a modern take on farming and bike sharing.
The Bike Share Farm By the Peoples Industrial Design Office is a modern take on farming and bike sharing. Photo Cred: PIDO

The Bike Share Farm is a solar-powered and bike-propelled mobile hydroponic garden, inspired by the bike sharing concept. The idea was to bring plant life to the citizenry. Seoul is a massive vertical city with minimal garden space. Mobile farms can make shared urban farming possible in such a dense megacity.

The Bike Share Farm houses a hydroponics system that runs on Solar panels when it’s not being powered by bikers. While admittedly more of a novelty product than something that would be adopted mass scale in cities throughout the world, the Bike Share Farm is a great showcase of the fact that anywhere can become a farm these days. We no longer have to rely on large plots of land to grow food, we can literally take the farm with us anywhere we go.

In addition, the Bike Share Farm gives us insight into what future “eco-friendly” or “sustainable” cities could look like. While mobile bike farms are not very likely to take over as the primary mode of transportation for city dwellers, it’s a great example of how environmental friendliness and technology can co-mingle in an urban environment. Creating a model for sustainable urban dwelling will rely on this balance between tech, nature and human needs.

To see more images of the Bike Share Farm in action check out the original story on Treehugger here.


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