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Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Lara Hermanson, Co-Founder & Principal, Farscape.

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers.

By Lara Hermanson,
Co-Founder & Principal, Farmscape
Connecticut Area Development
April 2017

Excerpt:

Landscaping, within industrial parks, has dual problems of being both expensive and visually underwhelming. Bright green lawns need mowing and fertilizing, while water is either in too much abundance or so sparse it’s impossible to maintain decent-looking grass. Bushes and trees need to be carved into lollipop shapes and noisy blowers tidy up — right when you need to get on the phone. The results are that these outdoor spaces aren’t welcoming, let alone inspiring, to clients and employees. One solution to address all these issues is for industrial parks to introduce an “urban farm.”

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April 22, 2017   Comments Off on Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Student’s goal to produce sufficient food to make one salad per week in an apartment environment.

Rice University team cultivates ideas for indoor farming

By David Roth
Rice University
Apr 11, 2017

Excerpt:

The team achieved its goal to produce sufficient food to make one salad per week for one year, all in an apartment environment. The original prototype was built last November after two months of brainstorming. It’s a much bulkier, space-consuming model and has been moved outdoors to a fenced-in area behind the OEDK. It remains overgrown with sprawling tomato plants, broccoli and Swiss chard.

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New York: Urban Farmer Transforms Community Into Thriving Local Food Haven

Click on image for larger file. Photo by Craig Warga. At the Kelly Street Garden, a 2,500-square-foot space on the grounds of an affordable housing complex, she serves as garden manager.

Last year, the Kelly Street Garden produced 1,200 pounds of food, available to anyone in the community who volunteered at the garden (and even those who didn’t), free of cost.

By Melissa Denchak
Eco Watch
Apr 11, 2017

Excerpt:

Most people don’t move to New York City and become farmers. Sheryll Durrant certainly wasn’t planning to when she left Jamaica for Manhattan in 1989. She got her undergraduate degree in business from the City University of New York’s Baruch College and spent the next 20 years in marketing. Then, when the 2008 financial crisis hit, Durrant decided to leave her job and try something new: volunteering at a community garden in her Brooklyn neighborhood.

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April 21, 2017   Comments Off on New York: Urban Farmer Transforms Community Into Thriving Local Food Haven

In Cuba: Experts from over 15 Countries Debate Urban Agriculture

Link to more photos.

April 18th to 21st, 2017 – 3rd International Congress on Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture

Prensa Latina
Havana, Apr 20

Excerpt:

Experts from more than 40 institutions in 15 countries are taking part in the 3rd International Congress on Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture inaugurated in Cuba Wednesday, to exchange and debate on food security and sovereignty.

The forum will be in session up to Friday at the Havana Convention Center, organized by the National Institute on Tropical Agriculture Research, the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, the Agricultural Enterprise Group, with the sponsorship of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).

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Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

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Innovators Marc Noyce and Brendan Condon of Biofilta shared their closed loop urban rooftop garden concept at the LAUNCH Food forum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Jamie’s Food Revolution
Apr 18, 2017

Excerpt:

“We are so excited to share the Foodwall and Foodcube garden design here, amongst some of the world’s leading innovators who are working to transform our global food system to be fairer, healthier, more nutritious and resilient,” says Biofilta’s Marc Noyce.

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Korean Company Installs A Rooftop Urban Farm In The Center Of Seoul

Embracing biodiversity as one of the company’s environmental concern

Bolloré Logistics Korea
April 12th, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Bolloré Logistics Korea recently installed an urban farm on its office rooftop building in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the Group’s initiative to promoting “Green Projects” and protecting biodiversity.

Urban farming is a practice of growing your own food in the city, with limited space. Bolloré Logistics Korea has transformed the available rooftop space of its 6-floor office building into an urban farm, optimizing current available space resources. This urban farm is split into four parcels and covers a total space of 264 sqm.

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April 19, 2017   Comments Off on Korean Company Installs A Rooftop Urban Farm In The Center Of Seoul

A Former Corporate Banker Plants New Roots in Urban Farming in Austin, Texas

Rodriguez Boughton pours a layer of topsoil to prepare a new area for seedlings. Lynda Gonzalez/Reporting Texas

On a half-acre, she’s managed to grow 195 types of herbs, edible flowers and vegetables, whose seeds originated from across the globe.

By Molly Smith
Photography By Lynda Gonzalez
Reporting Texas
Apr 11, 2017

Excerpt:

Her business background, paired with Texas’ year-round growing season, attracted Carroll, 25, to the position. “Farms fail because farmers have no business experience,” he said. “Farmers need to think like bankers.”

La Flaca sources produce, including chilhuacles, to seven Austin restaurants, including Olamaie, L’Oca D’Oro and Mattie’s at Green Pastures. It also sells produces to its neighbors in the cul-de-sac.

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Canada’s New Cannabis Laws Will Allow Personal Cultivation

A limit of four plants per residence. A maximum height limit of 100 cm on the plants

A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada
Government of Canada
Nov 30, 2016
Ch 3, Section 5

Excerpt:

It is currently legal to grow and produce tobacco for personal use in Canada (up to 15 kg of tobacco or cigars), just as it is legal to produce wine or beer at a residence for personal use. Wine-making, home brewing of beer and curing personally grown tobacco is undertaken primarily by advocates and connoisseurs in the post-Prohibition era. It is assumed that, over time, personally cultivated cannabis will follow the same course.

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April 18, 2017   Comments Off on Canada’s New Cannabis Laws Will Allow Personal Cultivation

India: Startups That Want You to Grow Your Own Food

“We have an estimated 16,000 square kilometres of unused rooftop space in India. If we can turn 10 percent into farms, there’s a big opportunity.”

By Pranay Parab
Gadgets 360
10 April 2017

Excerpt:

he biggest challenge for terrace and balcony gardens is seepage. Over time, water stagnation tends to weaken building structures and by the time this visible through signs such as dripping ceilings, the damage is already done. Khetify says its “khet” (farm) boxes use drip irrigation to avoid this problem. Similarly, the other startups also say they take precautions to ensure that water doesn’t stagnate on roofs or balconies.

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April 18, 2017   Comments Off on India: Startups That Want You to Grow Your Own Food

Indianapolis: Urban Patch Is A Family Affair


Video: Urban Patch honored as one of ioby’s 2012 Heroes in Our Backyards: Reimagining Vacant Space (Must see. Mike)

Moore’s grandfather Albert ran a large urban agriculture project in the 1940s, which served as the inspiration for Urban Patch.

By Kate Franzman
Indianapolis Monthly
April 2017

Excerpt:

Urban Patch aims to improve Indy’s inner city by means other than gentrification. Cofounder Justin Moore, an urban designer for the New York City Department of Planning, grew up in the historically black Mapleton–Fall Creek neighborhood, where he, his parents, and two brothers started Urban Patch by purchasing an abandoned house with a credit card. They fixed up the home—and have done so with dozens of buildings since—and rented it at-cost to black residents.

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Canada: Community group plans urban farm school in Fredericton, New Brunswick

A farming school in Fredericton’s north side. (N.B. Community Harvest Gardens)

The location makes it convenient for people living in the city to walk, bike or take a bus to school and learn how to farm.

By Terrence McEachern
CBC News
Apr 09, 2017

Excerpt:

Edee Klee wants to bring farming back as a viable career option in the New Brunswick.

A passionate gardener, Klee is part of a group that is planning to set up a teaching farm — but not one in the middle of the country. Rather, this farm school would occupy eight acres of land in Fredericton

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From Moscow: A ‘City Farm’ home appliance

The city farms are equipped with fine sensors sending all the farm performance and plant growth indicators to the application.

Fibonacci
Krasny Oktyabr, 119072 Moscow

From their website:

The body is completely leak-tight, made of sound eight-layered composite aluminum. You can select out of 9 coloring options.

Regulated «smart» tinting coating of a farm’s glass door enables to turn down the glaring light RainbowSpectrum ™. Tinting coating is controlled with the use of the INTELLIGENT EXPERT application.

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Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

Gardening in schools is the most viable approach to urban agriculture to produce larger quantities of crops since many schools (at least in Metro Manila) still have a lots of green spaces

By Dr. William Dar
The Manila Times
Apr 7, 2017

Excerpt:

So far, urban agriculture has yet to take root, literally, in many urban areas in the Philippines – just look at the many vacant spaces in Metro Manila and elsewhere where urban agriculture is very feasible. The empty rooftops of many high-rise or even low-rise buildings can also be utilized for urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture is not only limited to growing crops, primarily vegetables: it also includes the growing of trees, and raising of animals and fish. It could also be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system of an urban area.

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April 16, 2017   Comments Off on Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

The potential for urban household vegetable gardens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

David Cleveland in his home garden. Photo Credit: Daniela Soleri

UCSB research professor David Cleveland and his students model the effect of household gardens on greenhouse gas emissions

By Julie Cohen
The UC Santa Barbara Current
September 6, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Want to help mitigate global climate change? Grow some veggies.

Turning lawn into a vegetable garden can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study by UC Santa Barbara research professor David Cleveland.

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Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break

Chris Reid is the executive director at Shifting Growth, which sets up community gardens in undeveloped properties throughout the Lower Mainland. Reid is pictured Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Alma community garden in Vancouver, B.C. Jason Payne / PNG

An unexpected offshoot of the initiative is the success of their pre-fab raised garden boxes, which are set on pallets for drainage

By Denise Ryan
Vancouver Sun
Apr 14, 2017

Excerpt:

“The site has been empty for many years and we thought this would be a great way to give back to the community and do something useful while we go through the development process,” said Kevin Cheung, Landa’s CEO in a statement.

Shifting Growth doesn’t solicit developers because there are enough developers willing to assume the risk and responsibility for the garden projects in exchange for a tax break from the B.C. Assessment Authority. If a vacant lot houses a temporary community garden it will be taxed at a lower rate than on a business site.

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April 15, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break