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America’s Largest Vertical Farm Will Describe Successful $1.7 Million Capital Raise and Launch in Chicago

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Photo by Bob Benenson.

90,000-square foot facility in the industrial Chicago southwest suburb of Bedford Park

By Bob Benenson
Good Food Festivals
Feb 28, 2013

Excerpt:

When FarmedHere was founded, its indoor vertical produce farm was located in a tiny 4,000-square foot building in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Co-Founders Jolanta Hardej, Steve Denenberg and Paul Suder, and vice president of development, Paul Hardej, delivered their basil and arugula to retail merchants in Ziploc bags.

Now, just about three years later — enhanced in part by strategic support from FamilyFarmed.org and the Good Food Financing Conference — FarmedHere is set for the grand opening of a 90,000-square foot facility in the industrial Chicago southwest suburb of Bedford Park. It will be the largest vertical farm in America.

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March 6, 2013   1 Comment

‘Promises of Urban Agriculture’ – feature-length documentary by Joseph Redwood-Martinez

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In this clip, Jay Rosenberg speaks about Hayes Valley Farm demonstrating urban agriculture as a strategy for interim land use in San Francisco.

Upcoming feature-length documentary:- forthcoming 2014

Promises of Urban Agriculture is a feature-length documentary on urban agriculture across the world. Looking at the historic, cultural, and economic significance of urban agriculture in a number of major cities, the video examines a wide range of approaches and asks: is this a movement that will dramatically reshape our cities and way of life?

Spanning from Quito, New York, Milwaukee, Albany, Detroit, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Amherst, Brussels, and elsewhere, this research project draws from the diverse narratives of a range of groups and individuals involved with urban agriculture–activists, historians, entrepreneurs, traditional farmers, futurists, food foresters, urban homesteaders, policy makers, and closet gardeners.

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Chicago’s indoor back-to-the-farm movement

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Jolanta Hardej, co-owner and CEO of FarmedHere LLC. Photo by Erik Unger.

A desire for local food that leaves a small carbon footprint has fed interest in indoor farming.

By Lorene Yue
Crain Chicago Business
March 04, 2013

Improved techniques for cultivating marijuana and a growing desire for local produce are the unlikely combination bringing commercial farming back to Cook County.

Urban agriculture has existed for years in the form of community gardens. But now three small ventures are looking to profit from growing produce year-round in warehouses.

FarmedHere LLC in Bedford Park, which started in 2009, is the largest operation, with 25 retail clients selling its herbs and lettuce.

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