Designed by Jeffery S. Poss, FAIA of small studio, Illinois School of Architecture, Charles Huss, David Emmons, Jordan Buckner
Folding Farm II (FFII) is a “green” produce transport vehicle and a deployable farm stand. It represents the modification of Folding Farm I (FFI), a working prototype conceived in 2012 as a bicycle-powered delivery system and market display for produce grown on the Sustainable Student Farm at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The next generation FFII, currently in development, decreases the weight and cost of the first prototype.
Folding Farm II is constructed from steel and aluminum sections. It incorporates standard plastic farm-grade vegetable bins, which means that the produce can be cleaned and immediately packaged on the farm, eliminating handling at the market. Beginning at the farm, the bins are set flat in FFII’s metal frame for transport. The bins are then filled with cleaned produce. The FFII’s canvas canopy is collapsed to cover and protect the produce during transport.
At the market, the bicycle is disconnected and the bracing bar is swung down to stabilize the cart – no additional anchoring is required due to careful calibration of the weight distribution. Then the canopy is deployed and the produce bins are tilted for display. Ratcheted bracing bars lock the canopy and produce bins into position.
Thus Folding Farm II is a farm utility vehicle that delivers and displays produce for local marketplaces. These added values supersede its additional cost. In addition, it becomes a demonstrable design idea that serves as an emblem for the environmental transformation of the local community.
Very cool looking and a truly local producer. Could be a mobile suite for a larger farmer. Sellable and familiar, but for a boutique seller. Beautiful story or hyper local vendor.