Posts from — December 2014
Most visitors were from the United States with Canada and India not far behind.
Jet Pack Stats
Saudi Arabia: 778
December 31, 2014 Comments Off on Readers from 214 countries visited ‘City Farmer News’ in 2014
For lighting, when using LEDs (a combination of white, red and blue) they run about 17 hours a day 5-7″ above the plants.
We are back with the second installment of our new series interviewing urban aquaponic farmers. Today’s interview is with Peggy Berk, who have an aquaponic garden in her Manhattan apartment and advises clients on how to do the same in her professional life as an interior designer. As always, these interviews are brought to you in collaboration with Sylvia Bernstein and The Aquaponic Source in Longmont, Colorado. You can click here to learn more about aquaponics on their website. Enjoy!
Name: Peggy Berk
Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a native New Yorker, whom, after years of roaming the world, returned to Manhattan where I’ve lived for the past 39 years. I’m the owner and principal designer of Area Aesthetics Interior Design, a full service interior design and decorating company, and also Chair the Education Committee of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Formerly I owned a PR and Marketing company, and before that was a journalist here in New York City and in the mideast.
How did you get interested in aquaponics?
Growing up, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was a frequent topic of conversation (maybe, more accurately, “debate”) around our dinner table and my father passed on to us his love of the outdoors and, particularly, the oceans and marine life. Conservation and sustainability were not distant global concerns for us; it was definitely personal.
December 31, 2014 Comments Off on Peggy’s story – Urban aquaponic farmer
Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fujitsu recently expanded their businesses to include hi-tech vertical farms.
By Vaidehi Shah
Dec 17, 2014
Electronics manufacturers such as Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fujitsu recently expanded their businesses to include hi-tech vertical farms which produce vegetables such as lettuce, radish, spinach and sprouts. Panasonic set up a farm in Singapore in August which uses special LED lights to cultivate vegetables in as little as 35 days, a move that meets the government’s food security goals. Toshiba also started cultivating greens like spinach, lettuce and greens in a factory in Japan earlier this year.
December 30, 2014 Comments Off on The Rise of Hi-tech Food Farms is one of Top 5 Food and Agriculture Stories in 2014
Ruby Boyd, 7, picks some kale for soup at Zenger Farms during the Urban Farm Homeschool Program. Educational programs at Zenger in southeast Portland teach youths about food, farming and environmental stewardship. (Drew Vattiat/The Oregonian)
It’s become critical to those who just can’t afford to put healthful foods on the table
By Grant Butler
Dec 19, 2014
PORTLAND — When you watch heritage-breed turkeys and chickens roaming the pastures of Zenger Farm, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood.
“It’s so tranquil that sometimes you forget you’re in the heart of the city,” says Jill Kuehler, executive director of the nonprofit group Friends of Zenger Farm.
December 30, 2014 Comments Off on Urban farm in Portland helps low-income families
Season-extending structures are helping some Minnesota gardeners defy winter.
By Kim Palmer
December 17, 2014
In her Shoreview yard, under a blanket of snow, is a polycarbonate-topped, 2- by 8-foot box — or “cold frame.” Brush aside the show, lift the lid, and inside was an improbable vision: healthy spinach, kale, salad greens and other veggies growing in the frigid ground.
“It’s so uplifting to see green when it’s kind of bleak outside,” said Pape, a master gardener and garden-book author, who was still harvesting around Thanksgiving — and hoping for at least a few more weeks of homegrown produce. “If I can make it to Christmas, I’ll be pretty happy,” she said.
December 29, 2014 Comments Off on Some Minnesotans garden under the snow
“In Canada all municipal compost facilities have their own set of guidelines but all accept egg cartons and soiled paper.”
Excerpts from web site:
What is the container made from?
The Greenlid container is made of end of life recycled cardboard and newsprint. It is the same material that egg cartons are made from. The shredded/pulped cardboard is made into our Greenlid container shape and this allows the containers to effectively break down in compost facilities and active home compost piles just like those egg cartons.
December 28, 2014 Comments Off on Greenlid’s compostable food scraps bucket is made from recycled cardboard
Ladies finger, curry leaf, ash gourd and tomato are a few crops to name in their vegetable garden.
By Aswathi Krishna
15th December 2014
The students embarked on farming when their school became a venue to receive the ‘Vithuvandi,’ an ambitious project of the Departments of Agriculture and Education. Awareness classes and exhibitions conducted by the organisers of the programme instilled confidence in the students to try their hands at farming. The first crop they cultivated was red spinach. “Since we shunned the use of chemicals, the spinach we cultivated were good in quality and quantity,” says C K Vinodan, headmaster of the school.
December 28, 2014 Comments Off on Kid Farmers prove they can do it in Thiruvananthapuram, India
The city’s most imaginative location for a garden.
Istanbul, June 10, 2014 — The dramatic panoramic view of the Bosphorus from The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul has long been regarded as one of the city’s most unforgettable experiences.
But now two new highlights are delighting guests — garden-fresh produce from a unique rooftop herb garden discretely located on the same level as the hotel’s famous spa terrace and honey from three beehives based on top of the iconic landmark.
“Everything we grow in the rooftop garden will be used in our restaurants adding a genuinely fresh new dimension to enjoying a meal in the restaurants,” said Massimiliano Zanardi, the hotel’s General Manager.
December 27, 2014 Comments Off on Fresh Herbs Garden and Honey is the Height of Good Taste at The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, Turkey
The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), which spearheaded the West Shore Green Zone, is hoping this is the start of an urban farming trend in the borough. (Courtesy of Living Restoration)
Using 200 towers, Living Restoration planted kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, bok choy and more on a West Shore vertical farm.
By Tracey Porpora
December 13, 2014
The farm was planted in October on Bloomfield Avenue on underutilized property in the West Shore Green Zone owned by ADCO Electrical Co.
The West Shore, viewed as New York City’s “final frontier” of vacant industrially zoned land, will also soon be home to seven new businesses.
December 27, 2014 Comments Off on Urban agriculture makes its way to Staten Island’s West Shore Green Zone
BrightFarms Inc. CEO Paul Lightfoot standing near the banks of the Oxon Run in Washington, on land that his company is leasing from the District of Columbia government to build a greenhouse and urban farm. Lightfoot is considering abandoning the project because of extensive contamination on the city-controlled land, which has been used for years for illegal dumping and an unlicensed landfill. Some of the waste has made it into the waterway, a tributary of the Potomac River. AP Photo/Ben Nuckols.
BrightFarms Inc. is considering abandoning the project because of extensive contamination on the city-controlled land
By Ben Nuckols
December 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – In May 2013, the mayor of the nation’s capital announced that the city would partner with a produce supplier to build what the company called “the most productive urban farm in the world.”
But no one bothered to inspect the site. If they had, they would have found an unlicensed landfill that’s 18 feet deep; 10-foot-high piles of debris including roofing material and insulation; and rusting petroleum containers on the banks of a creek.
December 26, 2014 Comments Off on Washington DC urban farm site is an ecological disaster
Must see video.
A first class restaurant develops recipes using the blue-green algae
Dec 23, 2014
(Must see. Mike)
A Bangkok-based start-up called EnerGaia is pioneering a unique urban farming model. Across the city’s neglected rooftops, a small team of chemists and engineers are growing a nutritional supplement which also happens to be one of the planet’s oldest life forms: spirulina.
This organism is a fast-growing blue-green algae with an estimated protein content of 60 percent and contains essential fatty acids and vitamins. In fact, this superfood grows rapidly without the need for soil or fertilisers and can convert carbon dioxide from industry into to a highly nutritious food.
December 25, 2014 Comments Off on Bangkok Rooftop Spirulina Farms are part of our future
The Ghent non-profit De Sleutel, which helps drug addicts get their lives back on track, has already agreed to take care of the chicken coop and the egg distribution.
Urban farming…in the city center. Across the street from one of the city’s biggest traffic spots is an urban farm, the city’s first. Opened this past April, the farm invites families to feed chickens, pick flowers, and enjoy the rural lifestyle in the city.
December 24, 2014 Comments Off on First urban farm in Ghent, Belgium
Harriet Nakabaale has managed to turn a 50-feet-by-32-feet chunk of hard urban ground in Kampala into an oasis of greens
By Coco McCabe
Oct 23, 2013
Nakabaale’s Camp Green is like a beacon. It bursts with living things, all of them edible–an important survival tactic in an urban area where the high cost of buying food can saddle a family with relentless poverty.
Here are pomegranates and strawberries, eggplants and cauliflowers. There are the herbs–rosemary, lavender, thyme. Leafy greens mix with root vegetables. And here? Broilers, turkeys, guinea fowl, and geese.
What makes all of this possible?
December 24, 2014 Comments Off on Harriet Nakabaale’s Camp Green in Kampala
“This farm will be testament to Missoula’s commitment to kids, local agriculture and working together for decades to come.”
By Will Wadley
Dec 09 2014
The PEAS Farm (Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society) is a collaboration between Garden City Harvest and the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies Program.
Every year, about 4,000 K-12 students, their parents and teachers visit on educational farm field trips. The students explore connections among food, agriculture, science and their everyday lives by picking and eating vegetables straight from the ground and meeting the resident chickens and pigs.
December 23, 2014 Comments Off on PEAS farm wins 40-year lease from Missoula, Montana
Jacob Deyo helped build a hydroponic system and and aquaponic system; that uses fish to help feed the plants.
By Katrina Irwin
Hidden behind a coffee shop on Rochester’s East Main Street is a greenhouse sprouting with possibilities.
“We’re really able to train our young people to be the farmers of tomorrow,” said Seedfolk Farm Youth Director Lisa Barker. “Not only be the farmers of tomorrow, but do it in their cities not far from where they live.”
Lisa is working with city youth, teaching them to grow vegetables and herbs.
December 23, 2014 Comments Off on Go Green: Seedfolk City Farm in Rochester, NY