Take up the Challenge,
make a difference!

At Wageningen University & Research top scientists and students from all over the world join forces to work on projects that make a difference to the quality of life. The explosion in urban growth and related opportunities as well as challenges to our environment and our food systems are recurring topics of our cutting-edge research. We live and breathe sustainability and therefore realise that we need to utilise the potential of urban farming to create a liveable and healthy environment for urban dwellers. Now we invite you to make change happen with us. Join the Social Impact edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge and make a difference!

The Challenge

In the Social Impact edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge, we challenge you to develop an urban farming site that significantly improves the quality of life of local residents in one of the most diverse lower-income neighbourhoods of Washington D.C.

From November 2021 until June 2022 and with the support of top experts, you will develop an urban farm concept that not only ensures year-round sustainable and affordable food production but also generates incomes for the local residents. This is the toughest edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge so far!

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Important Dates

Urban Greenhouse Challenge#2

The second edition resulted in twenty breath-taking designs, three of which made it to the podium. The winners of the Challenge were team Bagua, followed by team KAS (2nd place) and TeAMSpirit (3rd place). Take a look at the UGC#2 magazine to discover all the designs and meet the ten Finalists.

Partners & participants about the Challenge


Check out the latest news about the Urban Greenhouse Challenge#3

Design an urban farm in Washington D.C.

That is this year’s assignment for WUR’s Urban Greenhouse Challenge.The third edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge is to commence on 3 November. Registration is open a little longer, until 14 November. In this edition, there is an additional ...

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Bringing food production back into the cities and to the consumers

“Feasibility of urban farm should be measured in terms of social impact” Much is being said about large-scale, high-tech greenhouses that produce massive yields of fresh produce. However, despite their strong business model, these fa...

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Meet the urban greenhouse developers of the future

Create a liveable and healthy environment for urban dwellers, ensuring that a city can feed itself sustainably. That's the premise of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge, the second edition of which ended in August with the announcement of the winners. We spoke wit...

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The Urban Greenhouse Challenge is organized by Wageningen University & Research in close collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia and Soapbox, and with support of a broad network of partners.