Case Studies

Case studies in brief of innovative projects, including working farms in urban and suburban areas, and landscape projects featuring farm programs. In depth case studies coming soon.

Alemany Farm, San Francisco, CA - A 4.5 acre farm located on SF Parks Department land, this farm grows vegetables and herbs, hosts chickens and bee hives, and sells at at local farmers markets. Its parnership with the Parks Department means the farm is always open to the public. The farm runs educational and youth work programs.

Sandhill Organics, Prairie Crossing, IL - 40 acre organic family farm integrated into a planned residential community in the suburbs of Chicago. Produce is sold through an on-site farmers market and a 300 member CSA.

Appleton Farms CSA, Ipswich, MA - A 25 acre member supported CSA located on public parks land. The fruit and vegetable CSA serves 500 members, providing 350 pounds of produce per share per season. The farm also runs educational programs and pick-your-own days. As a program of the larger park, the CSA is visible from the extensive walking trails.

Tryon Farm, Michigan City, IN - A planned conservation community, featuring homes integrated into  landscape typologies: agricultural, forest, dune and meadow. The farmstead homes are clustered around common courtyards, within a larger field setting, and are planted with small orchards. A working feed farm and community gardens on the property further reinforces the farm conservation focus.


Field of Crops, Bordeaux Botanical Garden, France (2000-2)- A farmscape that values design as much as production, the garden features steel planter beds of varying heights with an updated interpretation of traditional local irrigation techniques. Designed by Catherine Mosbach Paysagites, the garden refines the form, while retaining the linearity, of traditional row crops.

Public Farm 1 (PF1), PS1 Arts Center, Queens, NY (2008) - A temporary installation for the summer Warm Up music series, PF1 cantilevered a farm bed above the courtyard in a sweeping undulating plane. Massive cardboard tubes held growing medium for a variety of crops. Dubbed a part of a new 'leisure revolution' by its creators, WORK Architects, PF1 was a temporary expression of farm hip.

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