Archeworks Sustainable Food Project video on VimeoArcheworks is an alternative design school where students work in multi-disciplinary teams with non-profit partners to create design solutions for social and environmental concerns. Throughout a nine-month partnership with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the project team designed installations and education programs on growing food, using the architecture of the building.Simultaneously, we focused on community outreach outside of the Museum’s neighborhood of Lincoln Park. We held a workshop on growing food in storefront windows and vermicomposting at InCUBATE's Sunday Soup event. We spread the message through stickers and postcards at the monthly Critical Mass bike event. We inspired passersby on a cold wintry morning in Chicago's "Polish Triangle" to help us spread native prairie seeds with assistance of the resident pigeon population. In our studio we attempted small scale aquaponics and successfully grew a spread of microgreens by rigging lights to an overturned conference table. See the activism in action here on vimeo. Food access issues contribute to major social and environmental problems of obesity, species and soil depletion, and reliance on imported oil for fertilizer, pesticides, and transportion. We already see our buildings as ways to store energy and harvest rainwater. They can also be designed to grow food, contributing to a healthier planet and connecting people to the food they eat.