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Biospheric Foundation UK & Microfarm USA

The work of the Biospheric Foundation & Microfarm are very similar on many levels, from soil science work, vertical systems, biospheric systems, biodiversity hubs, vermiculture systems just to name a few.  Biospheric Foundation will be visiting Microfarm.

Microfarm in the Wild Mountain, San Francisco is currently working with a cutting edge soil scientist.  Microfarm team our developing & investigates “Nutrient Dense Soils”, that give the plants the nutrients to pass on to the people that eat that food. Worms also can be used here as most soils are depleted of nutrients, by building the soil systems with the correct components. Biospheric Foundation & Microfarm are interested in healthy plants and it relationship healthy people.

Microfarm idea is to set up an education lab/ healing center, architectural and biological workshop. Microfarm works on experimental architecture, beyond Currently, we have started building a compound made of masonry rubble and garden projects. The idea is to demonstrate how you can build a home from the rubble of other homes, as in war torn areas and in other natural disasters.

Then we turn the entire building into a vertical garden, and a water filtration system, with a fish pond somewhere in the picture , and even worms, to feed the fish! We are working with a new form of ‘Biotecture’. At some point in the next year we will have accommodations for guests. You can visit, but we are in the middle of building infrastructure at this point. Camping accommodation in other words. Our company Microfarm work is starting to take off in a great direction. Mostly we are working on vertical gardening , and custom growing for restaurants and other clients.

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The Biospheric Foundation have been awarded a research & development fund

The Biospheric Foundation have been awarded a research & development fund. The Community Foundation for Greater Manchester has awarded the Biospheric Foundation a Research & Development Fund for investigations into vermiculture and pedology urban systems. The Soil&Worm group at the Biospheric Foundation will be building a indoor worm farm. The vision and aim is promote Carbon Sink, Up Cycling waste systems, Biological systems, Soil fertility, Urban Biodiversity and there importance to growing local food in small urban environments. Worms create organic matter which helps the soils hold more carbon than the atmosphere and vegetation combined, and can hold it longer. People are increasingly looking to soil carbon as an opportunity to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, along with its twin issue, ecosystem function. This is the first group of is kind in the Northwest. The Worm&Soil group produce wormcast, wormtea for soil fertility. We also breed worms for customers, and enables are ecological team to do workshops with school and community collaboration.

The Constitution.

Localisms. Our vision aims to promote and enhance local ecological environments in salford, by using worms to increase soil health,  therefore promoting fertility and biodiversity in an area of greater manchester which is very much needed. By evolving local ecologies, we also enhance the environments visually. We are knee to show the importance of healthy Soil & Worms in urban environments and there relationship to growing local organic food. New skills are needed in salford, so all people regardless of age, gender, religion can provide everything they need to live a truly local, healthier, productive, and resilient lifestyle.

Research & Community

This initiative is in partnership with CityCampMCR, MIRIAD, MMU, University of Manchester, The Biospheric Foundation. Tuesday 28th June 09.45 am – 3.00 pm MBS East Lecture Hall A day of skills-based workshops on presentations, media and networking Keynotes Prof. Helen Gunter &  Vincent Walsh.

09.45 – 10.00 Welcome and registration

10.00 – 11.15 Keynote speakers:

Prof Helen Gunter, The University of Manchester

Vincent Walsh, PhD Fellow & MIRIAD, Founder & Director of the Biospheric Foundation & Epoch 6 Urban Research Laboratory.

11.15 – 12.15 – James Duggan, City Camp Manchester

Workshop 1 Presentation skills including presenting in front of a camera 12.15 – 13.15

Lunch break 13.15 – 13.45

Workshop 2 Structuring the pitch 13.45 – 14.15

Workshop 3 Speed pitching 14.15 – 15.00 Pitching to the camera.

Architectural Nutrient Flows

Senior Architect, Cristina Rodrigues @ Cristina Rodrigues Architects & the biospheric Foundation are working together on a number of prototypes for exhibitions and live clients in both UK and Portugal. This afternoon we started the discussion about, what will integration of ecological & architectural systems look like in the “practical” 21st century city? How will bio-processing (Vermiculture) work with other ecologies?, what will it look like? and how will it inform shape & space? What are the feed-back loops? How do we create biodiversity and local economies in one design?. Vermiculture, how many worms can a systems produce?, how much waste can it break down?, what is the value of the fertility in urban developments? All interesting questions in urban developments….

Biospheric Foundation

Above is the visual map of the facilities at the Biospheric Foundation. Each Floor will be provide a different service, and collectively it stands as a highly holistic resilient entirety ready for the 21st Century. The Biospheric Foundation is a dynamic facility, which needed a dynamic business model. The Biospheric Foundation is at present applying for a CIC, Community Interested Company status. Epoch Six Urban Research Laboratory will be a LTD. These two structures are needed due to the complexity of the project. The Biospheric Foundation will have the flexibility needed to bring in public engagement third sector grants & funding, while Epoch Six has the fluidity to engage in commercial sphere.

Envirolution 0.2

The Biospheric Foundation is very excited about envirolution is weekend,  I will be joining the conversation with two visionaries, Joe Weeks & Paul Exall @ the  Greening Urban Spaces 3:15pm to 4pm at the Hot Topics Zone (see map below)

Manchester Garden City – Joe Weeks www.manchestergardencity.org.uk
Manchester Urban Farming Foundation – Paul Exall
Epoch 6 Urban Research Lab – Vicent Paul Walsh. https://biosphericfoundation.wordpress.com/
facilitated by Dan, Climate Change Survivors www.climatesurvivors.ning.com
I will be very briefly highlight the Biospheric Foundation Vision, Scoop, future thoughts. Then having a engaging conversation about all things Manc, Eco, Green, Evolving, Urban, Complex, Advanced, Holistic.

“I must create a system of my own, or be enslaved by another man”

“I must create a system of my own, or be enslaved by another man” William Blake.

That is all I am trying o do here, create a system witch encompasses my way of thinking, a system that interconnections the ecological sphere, community sphere, research sphere, commercial sphere. Create your position, standing point, them change it. If example, if I create a forest Garden in salford, what are the benefits of at act from a ecological standing point, I write them down, go through them and i realise all i have is one systems. This act in it self bring entrepreneurism and research together, knowledge is the up hand, Clients love it when you let them know you are highly knowledge about the service that you are going provide. As the same in research. The client in my research the is the wider audience, the community, as this is the intended destination for the research. The research itself creates the will and need for public engagement. Commercial sphere, this is now about understand the demographic, needs, wants, trends. knowledge based, Research, relating to a deep business plan. Making errors and lots of them, the more dead end in research, and doors shut in your face, you are closer to the gold.