Plan It Forward Farms
Plant It Forward Farms off ers disadvantagede refugees an opportunity to become self-suffi cient through growing, harvesting, and selling produce from a sustainable urban farm within the city of Houston. Each farm has the potential to generate a fair wage for a family of four while providing premium brand sustainably-grown produce to Houstonians. The organization selects, trains, and mentors farmers, establishing each on their own urban farm to sell.
Open Architecture Houston has collaborated to design and construct a farmer pod for Plant It Forward. The goal was to provide seating, storage, and shade for farmers who spend a great deal of time working in the harsh Texas sun. A design team has worked with the farmers on the Fondren farm to design and install a prototype farmer pod. From this prototype, the overall goal is to test it, refi ne it, and ultimately for each farmer to have their own pod on every Plant It Forward farm.
The pod features a waterproof storage bin that doubles as a bench and shelving lining the back wall, all tucked underneath a retractable
awning. The sides of the structure provide shade, allow plenty of air to circulate, and serve as a place to hang tools. The farmers were also interested in having a place to work on their seedlings. There is a sink station where they can prepare trays of seedlings, store tools, wash produce, or cool off under the misting attachment.