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Victoria, BC, urban famers targeting production of 100,000 pounds in the city

Chris Hildreth, CEO of Topsoil, and Ally Dewji, development manager at Dockside Green, among rows of planters. Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist.

“My goal is to really take over as many vacant areas as we can in the city, produce as much food as possible only a couple of blocks away from the restaurants we are supplying,” Hildreth said.

By Carla Wilson
Times Colonist
March 12, 2016


Urban farmer Chris Hildreth is setting out 2,400 pots on vacant land at Dockside Green to supply three nearby restaurants with a range of freshly picked produce in the coming months.

He’ll be planting soon, hoping to begin delivering food late next month and carry on through to winter. “My focus is cities and I think that cities need to become more sustainable,” Hildreth, CEO of Topsoil, said Friday.

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Forbes: Urban Farming: Fad Or Futureproof?

Indoor farms might offer a new way to feed our cities (Credit: Bryghtknyght, CC BY 3.0 Wikipedia)

But for me, with ‘hundreds of millions of urban dwellers suffer(ing from) under-nutrition’, anything that helps to bring nutritious food closer to the urban table can only be worth pursuing.

By Laurie Winkless
March 9, 2016


However questionable the profitability of the farms reviewed in this paper may be, urban farming continues to hit headlines. And that is for a simple reason – with more people living in cities than ever before, the race is on to find better ways to feed us. Across the world there are some seriously high-tech projects that are attempting to reinvent crop-farming. After the 2011 earthquake in Tohuko, Japan, a previously unused part of a Fujitsu factory became the country’s first viable indoor vertical farm. Blue and red LEDs illuminate stacked trays of salad leaves, while they are hydrated using a water mist (BRIEF ASIDE: These wavelengths are chosen because they increase the rate of photosynthesis, making the whole ‘turning sunlight into food’ process a lot more efficient).

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