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World’s first ‘biocellar’ to be built in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood


Jean Loria, a permaculture designer, leans on the gate of a home that will be dismantled to make way for the first-ever “biocellar,” a greenhouse that is built using the basement of an abandoned house. Photo by Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer

“Chateau Hough” – third growing season with 294 vines of red and white grapes set in 14 rows on the formerly foreclosed property.

By Dave Davis
The Plain Dealer
November 20, 2012

Excerpt:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jean Loria looks up at a crumbling, 112-year-old home on East 66th Street and in it sees Cleveland’s future.

More specifically, the permaculture designer sees the world’s first “biocellar,” a term she coined in 2006 to describe her idea of reusing abandoned homes by carefully tearing them down, then reinforcing the existing basement and topping it with a slanted, greenhouselike roof that would make it possible to grow crops inside.

It’s the latest project in an urban agriculture movement that’s sweeping Cleveland, contributing to the city’s growing national reputation as an innovator in this area.

No doubt a biocellar would be a talker — a futuristic-looking structure that would anchor neighborhood gardens and produce its own food.

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November 21, 2012   Comments Off

Vancouver rooftop greenhouse grower secures a high-end market for greens


Len McDonald works among the growing trays at Vancouver’s Alterrus rooftop greenhouse. Photo by Vancouver Sun.

The greenhouse, perched atop a Richards Street parkade in downtown Vancouver, employs a four-metre-high system of hundreds of suspended trays that move to maximize exposure to natural light

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
November 20, 2012

Excerpt:

VANCOUVER — A unique mechanized greenhouse operation will deliver its first crop of salad greens, herbs and spinach today and begin to pay back a $2-million investment.

The greenhouse, perched atop a Richards Street parkade in downtown Vancouver, employs a four-metre-high system of hundreds of suspended trays that move to maximize exposure to natural light and to facilitate harvesting.

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November 21, 2012   1 Comment

Detroit City Council tables sale of east side land for farm

Proposed sale of about 177 acres to Hantz for $520,000

By Chad Halcom and Dustin Walsh
Crain’s Detroit
Nov 21, 2012

The Detroit City Council tabled for now the proposed sale of 1,956 city-owned lots to Hantz Woodlands LLC, and will hold a public hearing on John Hantz’s plan to develop a tree farm on Detroit’s east side.

The council, after hearing citizen feedback on the purchase, agreed to reschedule the proposed sale of about 177 acres to Hantz for $520,000. The lots are on the near east side between Van Dyke and St. Jean Street and Jefferson and Mack Avenue.

The council expects to take the issue up again at its meeting Dec. 11.

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