The Biospheric Project aimed at a total change in the way we think about food, farming and the environment. When the site threw open its doors to the public, more than 2,000 people visited this inspiring agricultural laboratory, and saw plants, fish, chicken and worms take their place in a carefully constructed ecosystem within an old mill on the banks of the River Irwell in Salford. MIF Creative brought The Biospheric Project to children aged 3-11, engaging ten classes from schools close to the site in artist-led workshops bringing urban growing to life. A programme of related events, including tours, talks, films, how-to workshops and family sessions, explored how these experiments into food, technology and design can help forge a new way of urban living.

‘This groundbreaking urban farm experiment… looks set to be one of the stars of the 2013 Festival… and its farm shop, 78 Steps (now that’s what we call sustainability), a valuable legacy for the local community’ Manchester Confidential


Commissioned by MIF Creative and Salford City Council. Produced by Manchester International Festival and The Biospheric Foundation. Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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