The Living Lab: strategies for resisting toxicity

Calthorpe Living Lab hydroponics polytunnel

As part of a series of events accompanying the King's Cross Editorial Office, join us for a walk and talk session around King’s Cross that will lead us on a journey exploring the area's multifaceted environment and some of its challenges.

The walk will culminate at Calthorpe Project for a conversation with Calthorpe Living Lab coordinator Rokiah Yaman, looking at the ecology of King’s Cross and at the Calthorpe Living Lab which re-imagines uses of waste for the production of biogas.
The Living Lab demonstrates an innovative closed-loop model where food waste from the Calthorpe Garden Café goes to a micro anaerobic digester, which transforms it into biogas and liquid fertiliser. The biogas is used for cooking, lighting and to heat a polytunnel in the colder months, while the fertiliser is used to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit to supply the café. The food growing area has raised beds, polytunnels and several hydroponic experiments underway. The Living Lab represents a circular, decentralised approach to managing our organic resources in the city; one that a system that could generate local enterprise and training opportunities as well as increasing sustainability and helping to reduce food and waste miles.
The Calthorpe Project is a green oasis; a community garden and centre open to the public 7 days a week. It serves a wide range of community user groups including older people, children, refugees and people with special needs in the heart of London.

This event is free and open to all. To book a spot please email or telephone 020 7278 8373.

Meet at Arts Catalyst Centre at 4pm.

Rokiah Yaman is the Calthorpe Living Lab coordinator at the Calthorpe Project. She oversees the construction and operation of the various elements of the closed-loop model being demonstrated including the anaerobic digester, vermifilter, and hydroponics systems. She will also be devising a training programme so people can learn practical skills and gain a theoretical understanding of the circular approach to managing organic resources in the city.