Agriculture Image Credit: © Soradodarm

Published on March 29th, 2014 | by James Ayre


The Soradofarm Project — Tend Your Own Garden At The Station While Waiting On The Train

March 29th, 2014 by  

If you tend to become bored out of your mind and feel like you’re wasting your time when standing around waiting at your train station/bus stop, well, it looks like there may finally be a good solution to that quandary — a means of doing something perhaps a bit more useful than playing candy crush on your phone or thinking about work.

Enter, the Soradofarm project — a new venture that allows you to rent your own small-garden allotment on the rooftop of your train station (if you’re in Japan anyways). You’re provided with everything that you need — garden space, water, tools, and even seeds. Seems like a perfect fit when you consider the situation that many urban Japanese are in — limited space for gardening, lots of time spent commuting, etc.

Image Credit: © Soradofarm

Image Credit: © Soradofarm

The intriguing new project is the result of a collaboration between the East Japan Railway Company and a station entertainment company. As it stands currently, the project is offering garden space at five locations, including Tokyo’s massive JR Ebisu station.

TreeHugger provides further information:

The price isn’t cheap, as some of the plots cost 100,440 JPY per year (~$960 USD), but considering that it may be the best option for many of the people who are interested in it, due to space issues, these urban rooftop garden allotments could be a viable way to get some green in their busy lives.

Aside from the possibility of growing even a tiny amount of fresh food for themselves, these innovative urban gardens may be an effective solution for decreasing stress and increasing the amount of time spent out in the fresh air and sunshine, especially in areas where outdoor space is at a premium, and having a place to call your own is hard to come by.

While the project is currently limited to five locations (as stated previously), there are plans in place to install considerably more of these garden allotments throughout the transportation network in the country within the near future. 
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  • JamesWimberley

    Nice. Perhaps it assumes a level of orderliness otherwise only available in Switzerland and the Netherlands.

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