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Baltimore’s Urban Pastoral plans hydroponic rooftop ‘vertical farming’ facility

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The Urban Pastoral team showcased their vertical growing system on the Johns Hopkins campus over alumni weekend.

The first visible step of progress will be a greenhouse designed from a shipping container, intended to supply food to local restauranteurs as well as Bon Appétit.

By Katie Pearce
HUB
June 16, 2015

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Ultimately, Reidy intends to fulfill his original vision for a commercial-scale urban farming facility that he says could produce more than 300,000 pounds of greens and herbs in Baltimore each year—”enough to feed an entire school system, or an entire hospital.”

To do this, the team will need a rooftop with more than 20,000 square feet to build upon. Urban Pastoral is currently exploring two options: the old Hoen Lithograph factory in East Baltimore, and the former Gwynns Falls Park Junior High School building in West Baltimore, which the Green Street Academy charter school is expected to move into this fall.

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There are at least 13 rooftop farms in Chicago

The Chicago Botanic Garden has planted a 20,000 square-foot vegetable and herb garden, the largest in the Midwest, at McCormick Place West.

By Paulina Firozi
Chicago Tribune
June 15, 2015

Excerpt:

After a trip to Germany, former Mayor Richard M. Daley returned with a mission to turn Chicago into a green-movement leader and installed the city’s first green roof atop City Hall in 2000.

In the years since, green roofs have gotten a lot of attention, and Chicago has been recognized as one of the leaders in North America. The city has more than 5.5 million square feet on more than 500 rooftops, Strazzabosco said.

But even that is still a small number. Those 500 green roofs represent a little less than one-tenth of 1 percent of Chicago’s more than half a million buildings. In Germany, experts said in 2010 that 15 to 20 percent of the flat roofs in the country were green.

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