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The Unlikely Fish-Farming Start-Up in the Middle of Berlin

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ECF’s goal is to cover the planet with aquaponic systems, on rooftops and urban sites around the world—and its plan seems to be on track.

By Elizabeth Rushe
Pacific Standard
June 13, 2016

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ECF is two things: First, it’s a living, breathing aquaponic farm, slap bang in Berlin city, in the neighborhood of Schöneberg?—?where David Bowie and Iggy Pop famously lived in the 1970s. After spending a hellish Saturday afternoon in nearby IKEA, you could literally walk all of four minutes down the road to the ECF farm, and see where your fresh fish and vegetables are grown. ECF is comparably prolific, farming 30 tons of fish per year; in 2015, the company quoted its output at 30 tons of veggies.

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Mr. Danilo Agliam – Gold Award, Outstanding Urban Farmer of the Philippines, 2014

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The benefits of Mr. Agliam’s urban farming practice and knowledge generated all these years has been an object of interest shared locally and internationally. Exchange urban farmers and students from Korea, Taiwan and Japan spent time in Baguio City learning with and from him.

By Robert Domoguen
SunStar
June 14, 2016

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For years, he has been growing vegetables, fruits and root crops at the rooftop of a four-story building that you reach by climbing stairs from the bottom. I have been there once some three years ago and the climb was not a problem then. I agreed to visit him later in the week, and to reach that goal, I already imagine myself moving about with dainty and luscious vegetables up in the sky.

My friend constructed a 6×8 meter greenhouse that allows him to rotate the growing and harvesting of vegetables every month. Under open field farming, vegetables are grown and harvested in three to six months.

Mr. Danilo Agliam grows both pakbet (tomatoes, eggplant, bitter gourd, kabatete and upo) and chopsuey (lettuce, potatoes, spinach, aurogola, pakchoi pechay, Japanese mustard) types of vegetables.

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El Catano Community Garden in New York: Where Gamers Come to Play

dominsDomino players work their strategies and keep up the conversation at El Catano Community Garden in East Harlem. The garden is maintained by a nonprofit founded by Bette Midler. Photo: Ralph Gardner Jr./The Wall Street Journal

The East Harlem space is one of 52 gardens New York Restoration Project acquired in 1999

By Ralph Gardner Jr.
The Wall Street Journal
June 12, 2016

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I came here in 1946,” said Mr. Mantilla who is 80 but seems to be a walking, or rather seated, advertisement for the benefits of dominoes. He doesn’t have any wrinkles and doesn’t look a day over 60. He said he worked for Mr. Sinai Hospital for 30 years.

El Catano Community Garden is maintained by New York Restoration Project, founded by Bette Midler in 1995. The inspiration, at least part of it, behind the nonprofit seems to be the understanding that nature and civilization can coalesce as easily in a space not much larger than a spacious apartment—the garden is 2,523 square feet—as well as it can in any of our more majestic parks.

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