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Urban farming 2.0: From plow beams to Leafy Green Machines

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Shawn Cooney of Corner Stalk Farm.

A new generation of urban farmers is leaving dirt behind and turning shipping containers into tech-driven vertical farms.

By Shane Witters Hicks
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2017

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Nate Storey, Plenty’s co-founder and chief science officer, says the environmental benefits gained by fusing technology and food production make large-scale CEA a no-brainer.

“We have no runoff, we have no erosion, we have few, if any, pests, we don’t need to use many of the pesticides, we don’t have any soil to sterilize, we don’t have any intensive irrigation, we use a fraction of the water,” he explains. “There are just not a whole lot of reasons not to do this.”

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Canada: Gander, Newfoundland’s Green Thumbs

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Elder Smith spent the evening caring for his garden bed by watering, weeding and adding soil.

The garden has 31 individual garden boxes and beds, which are maintained by individuals and couples

By Adam Randell
Gander Beacon
July 27, 2017

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Even though the winter conditions persisted longer than usual, grower Jeff Keefe said, this has been the best growing season at the garden since it was first started three years ago.

“Weather wise, it’s been fantastic, almost too dry” said Keefe. “For the last three weeks our challenge has been keeping everything watered.”

With each passing year the garden’s popularity continues to grow, to a point that there’s now a waiting list.

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UK: With urban grit and pink lights, London warehouse farms fish and greens

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Hofman sells 200,000 bags of salad each year to local food retailers and restaurants.

By Lin Taylor
Reuters
July 26, 2017

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It’s a far cry from traditional British farms that sprawl across acres of land. But for Kate Hofman, who co-founded GrowUp Urban Farms in 2013, producing food in this 6,000 square feet building in Beckton was not only clever and cost-effective, it was also a sustainable way to feed people in the city.

“Sometimes people have an idealized idea of how their food is being produced. In their head, they think that farmer Joe tends to his field with his hoe and grows his heads of lettuce,” the 32-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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