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Brassica An Urban Farming Dining Experience Open Access

The majority of people do not know where their food comes from, especially in urban environments where residents rely heavily on the corner grocery store. There is a direct link between the quality of the food you eat and the quality of your life, and today chronic diseases that millions of Americans face can be traced directly to the industrialization of our food. The danger of pesticides, chemicals and transportation from the industrial food process is becoming more transparent, and the desire to consume organic food is increasing. With limited space in the city for farming, innovations in urban agriculture are allowing for sustainable local food. Location is an essential factor in food sustainability because the benefits of large-scale industrial practices decrease as distance and complexity increase. Further, when consumers are able to see the process by which their food is produced, they are more engaged and invested in that food. Thus, while it is encouraging that farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants are popping up all over cities, consumer’s still are not directly seeing the source of their food. Brassica will push the limits of farm to table dining by combining a restaurant and garden into one space, providing diners with the utmost local food while seeing it grow.By surrounding diners with sustainable urban gardening that is the source of the food on their plates, plus an open kitchen and a design using natural, eco friendly materials, Brassica’s transparency will increase the value and authenticity of what is being consumed. The warmth and nourishment of a garden on a rooftop in the city will aim to inspire environmental harmony and honest food. Brassica creates a balance between functionality, sustainability and beauty.

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