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Ball State students build prototype mobile greenhouse for urban agriculture

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“This is a prototype that lends itself to the sort of transient nature of the urban farm, which … is moving toward the mainstream,” says Timothy Gray, associate professor of architecture.

By Seth Slabaugh,
The Star Press
May 5, 2016

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“Urban farming by its nature tends to be transient and temporal,” Gray said. “A lot of urban farming springs up on areas in inner cities suffering from attrition and old factory sites and building demolition sites. By nature, these areas tend to be subject to the whims of development. It might be a great spot at one point in time but as development shifts in the city, urban farms are the first thing to be dislocated.”

Urban farms also tend to be on marginal properties. The CUE Farm, for example, is in a floodplain where permanent facilities aren’t permitted. “Since it’s on wheels, it’s not a permanent facility,” Gray said.

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A tiny backyard urban ‘commercial’ farm in Vancouver BC

Kitz Kitz Farm. Photo by Michael Levenston. Click on image for larger file.

Welcome to KitzFarm!

From Leigh Wilson’s website
May 8 2016

Salad pick today;
Chard
Rocket
Red and yellow mustard
Baby beet tops
Mizuna
Sorrel
Celeriac
And a green onion

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Raised In Chicago: West Side Urban Farm Reaps Aquaponics Harvest

Metro Farms from Medill Reports on Vimeo.

A greenhouse that sustains crops of lettuce, kale and about a dozen herbs, in addition to Rocky Mountain and American Blue tilapia that live in six 800-gallon tanks

By H. Will Racke
Medill Reports
May 4, 2016

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Metro Farms sends a weekly harvest to farmers markets, local food co-ops, and specialty grocery stores such as Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets.

It’s all part of what Kant calls a “biological machine,” and it stands as a testament to the potential of aquaponics to become a major part of urban agriculture in Chicago and other cities with unused industrial or commercial space.

Aquaponics farming, in particular, can be done by commercially-focused, large-scale growers like Metro Farms, or backyard garden enthusiasts like Dave Johnson of Villa Park.

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