Circular economy & urban farming

Our farms are changemakers.
Pioneering urban farming.

From Humble Beginings

BIGH’S VISION

 

We want to make our cities better places to live, with more greenery, less pollution, and more synergies between buildings, local population and nature. We focus on buildings becoming productive thanks to our all year round urban farms.

We wish to see a transition in food production, where technology, sustainable practices and locals come together to create a food system that works for consumers, producers and their environment. We want people to have access to local food and connect people with food production at the heart of the city.

We think urban agriculture is complementary to peri-urban and rural agriculture, including networks of partners and producers. We promote the role of urban farming as an effective demonstration of circular economy.

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Locally Sourced & Organic Food

We are constantly buying and helping local businesses and organic farmers,
with locally sourced produce.

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Our Love for Food

BIGH’s mission

 

Our mission is to create sustainable farms which work together with buildings using their energy loss, rainwater, CO2 and natural potential for space, orientation, microclimate and solar exposure. Our farms are circular systems. They are designed to produce no waste, minimise energy input and have a positive environmental impact. Farms are a obvious implementation of circular economy: optimised and aiming at reaching zero waste.

In our farms we use cradle-to-cradle and non toxic materials. Tolerance zero for chemicals, antibiotics, GMO results of the transparent nature of Aquaponic farming ecosystem. The bio- filter enables us to produce nutrients for high-quality fruits, vegetables growth and zero waste recirculating aquaculture system. Pioneering Europe’s building integrated intensive and commercial farming model.

BIGH is more than ever aware of food quality concerns and bring through short distribution channels, the freshest and tastiest produce to urban dwellers and chefs’ tables. BIGH’s farms also create jobs, generate income & boost green urban entrepreneurship. BIGH works with social workplaces for every farm it develops as well as employs workers from the neighborhood.

History

BIGH was founded in 2015, inspired by Steven Beckers, Cradle-to-Cradle accredited architect and co- founder of Lateral Thinking Factory consultancy supporting for years the implementation of circular economy in the real estate sector.

After conducting different studies in 2015 for the Brussels Capital Region on the urban farming potentials, LTFc received many demands for finding operators. Not finding any, it leads to elaborate, with technical support from ECF Farmsystems, a commercial business model based on aquaponics integrated to buildings where buildings support agriculture and vice versa.

In 2016, enthusiastic financial partners and technical and commercial collaborators gathered to develop the BIGH model to build the first farm of the BIGH farms network: the Ferme Abattoir.

On January 2018, following 7 months of construction work, the ferme Abattoir was ready for phased operations.

End of April 2018, the farm opens officially and will become accessible for public on demand visits while first products will be commercialized from May 2018 in the Brussels Capital region.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

BIGH aims at developing a network of urban farms throughout Europe in synergy with buildings and suitable functions for circular economy synergies with food production.

Although one farm is profitable yet a number of farms allows for accelerated development of circular food production.

BIGH focuses on urban sites of about 2500-3000 m2 production gross area and above.

 

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