Seattle-based firms Olson Kundig Architects and CityLab7 have collaborated to create a mushroom farm inside a Seattle storefront that repurposes the city’s discarded coffee grounds as compost.
Constructed out of salvaged plywood and plastic, the mushroom-growing tent allows visitors to observe how repurposed coffee grounds from nearby cafes (including Starbucks) becomes compost. The urban farm, which houses some 215 oyster mushroom growing bags, can also accommodate large groups for educational workshops, lectures and community lunches.
The farm is expected to yield over 200 pounds of mushroom, which will later be donated to needy local families.
According to Olson Kundig, “When the installation concludes, the team hopes to have sparked new relationships within the community, fostered dialogue about new business practices such as localized urban agriculture as a viable food source, and demonstrated the role that individuals play in urban food and waste systems”.
A great way to capitalise on the city’s thriving coffee culture as well as educate the public on urban farming.