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Mapped: Where New York City’s millions of square feet of farmland are hidden

Click on image for larger file. Source: Columbia University, UDL, Farming Concrete, Thread Collective, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research

At about 2 million square feet, Queens County Farm in Floral Park is by far the Big Apple’s biggest.

By Frank Chaparro
Business Insider
05 Jun 2017

Excerpt:

In the 2017 edition of its annual TransformingWorld Atlas, which uses maps to illustrate global economic, political and investment trends, Bank of America Merrill Lynch included a map of the five boroughs and their numerous farms, greenhouses, and community gardens.

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June 7, 2017   Comments Off on Mapped: Where New York City’s millions of square feet of farmland are hidden

Future Of Food: How Under 30 Edenworks Is Transforming Urban Agriculture

Edenworks is able to harvest, package and reach consumers within 24 hours. By cutting down on transport and prioritizing quality over durability, the greens are also up to 40% more nutrient dense than traditional produce.

By Alexandra Wilson
Forbes
June 1, 2017

Excerpt:

Currently, about 95% of leafy greens consumed in the US are grown in the desert regions of California and Arizona. Most of these products are grown for mass production and durability in transport, rarely for quality or sustainability. Urban farms have cropped up as way to provide growing metropolises with fresher produce in a way that is better for the environment.

The Edenworks model differentiates itself from other urban farms in that it is a complete, aquaponic ecosystem. Waste from the tilapia fish is used as a natural and potent fertilizer for the microgreens planted on vertically stacked power racks. They have no need for synthetic fertilizers or pesticides that can diminish the nutritional quality of produce.

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