west
midwest
northeast
south
Close
Don't see your location? email us at bknight@futurecity.org or call 877-636-9578

Find My Region
login

Essay Outline

1. INTRODUCTION: DEFINE THE PROBLEM

  • Briefly introduce your future city and describe its population, location, climate, landscape and general layout. Explain what problem(s) your future city solved by growing two foods within the city limits.

2. BODY: DESCRIBE YOUR SOLUTION

  • Introduce the two foods you’ve chosen, one vegetable and one protein (either plant or animal), and explain why you selected them.
  • Explain how the foods meet the nutritional needs and food preferences of your city’s residents.
  • Describe the farm environment(s) you designed to grow your foods. Explain how it works, where it is located, and why it’s the right solution for your future city.
  • Explain how your design meets your two foods’ basic requirements for light, soil, water, nutrients, temperature, air quality, and space and if these needs change during the growing season (e.g., from planting or birth to harvest).
  • Share how your farm environment(s) produces enough of each food to supply all of your citizens for at least one growing season. (Note: Your two crops will not be the only food available to your citizens, but you do need to make sure you produce enough for everyone.)
  • Explain how your urban farm solution is energy efficient.
  • Discuss the tradeoffs/compromises connected with your urban farm and how your design reduces or eliminates these tradeoffs.
  • Describe the engineering disciplines involved in your solution and the role of the one or two engineers you believe to be most useful in your solution.

3. CONCLUSION: SUMMARIZE YOUR SOLUTION

  • Summarize why the urban farm you designed is a good way to provide local, healthy abundant foods for your future city

Next Section: Resources >