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Irwell House, Salford
East Philip Street, Salford, M3 7LE

The Biospheric Project Free Public Tours

This groundbreaking urban farm experiment set up in Irwell House, a disused former printworks on East Philip Street, Salford, 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.

Brilliantly ambitious, The Biospheric Project aims at nothing less than a total change in the way we think about food, farming and the environment. When the site threw open its doors to the public, 2,375 people were welcomed to visit this inspiring agricultural laboratory and see plants, fish, chicken and worms take their place in a carefully constructed eco-system within an old mill on the banks of the River Irwell in Salford.

Guided walks from Festival Square to The Biospheric Project took guests out of the city centre and along the River Irwell where they learnt about the historical context of food and the city.
Visiting the different spaces at The Biospheric Project, guests found out more about the growing systems being developed in and around the building. Salford-based head chef Robert Owen-Brown (The Mark Addy) created tasty morsels inspired by the variety of crops and ingredients on site for visitors to try.

Tours were developed with Manchester Guided Tours.

Commissioned by MIF Creative and Salford City Council.



Visit the Biospheric Project

Find out the times and dates for the public opening times at The Biospheric Project, here

Jul 11, 2013

Free half-term activity at The Biospheric Project

First 5 people to book a tour get a £5 Blackfriars box and recipe card FREE.

Feb 10, 2014
Video and Photos from the Biospheric Project

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