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Fourth-year architecture students tackle urban farming with mobile greenhouse concept

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The GrOwING GREEN mobile greenhouse is ready for delivery to Butler University.

Funded by a Butler University Innovation Fund Grant, the $50,000 greenhouse prototype was created because of a building code issue.

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The powder-coated steel tube frame is wrapped with a 2×2 fiberglass furring system. The skin a is double-wall polycarbonate panel. Windows are operational, connected to heat-sensitive sensors that require zero energy.

The unit does feature heating and air-conditioning. Fans operate on a thermostat. The greenhouse “plugs into an exterior port like an RV would,” Gray details, expressing measured concern about the power cost. “Butler provides the power, and because it’s an educational project, it’s not our primary concern. The requirement of growing year-round trumps efficiency.”

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November 13, 2016   Comments Off on Fourth-year architecture students tackle urban farming with mobile greenhouse concept

Recent grad of Florida’s Valencia’s horticulture program leads urban agriculture project

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Current and Former Valencia Students Bradley Holcomb, Caroline Chomanics, and Michael Clevenger (from left) at East End Market.

In the horticulture program: “We would problem-solve about the logic behind growing plants: what they need to survive; common diseases; landscape design; botany and the structural make-up of the plant.”

By Jimmy Sherfey
Valencia College
Nov 3, 2016

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Fleet Farming recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture with matching funds from City of Orlando and Orlando City Soccer, totaling $250,000. With the money, Fleet Farming will bring its ‘Food, not lawns’ model to the Parramore neighborhood, setting up a Farmers’ Market at Orlando City soccer stadium that will distribute Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes filled with “hyper-local” produce. These boxes will include seasonal produce harvested by Fleet Farmers on 10-15 neighborhood “farmlettes” and sold at a flat rate through memberships held by market attendees.

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‘Stardew Valley’ game puts you on the farm

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You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life.

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Oct 16, 2016

Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!

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Turn your overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, grow crops, start an orchard, craft useful machines, and more! You’ll have plenty of space to create the farm of your dreams.

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