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Groundbreaking for Staten Island office building with rooftop garden, bocce courts, and vineyard

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Up above, a 40,000-square-foot rooftop garden will provide herbs and produce for the in-house restaurant, and grab-and-go greens from the rooftop will be for sale, too.

By Audrey Wachs
The Architects Newspaper
October 3, 2017

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Tomorrow elected officials are breaking ground on a Staten Island office building with a bocce court, giant rooftop farm, a nearby vineyard, and a social enterprise restaurant that will serve Italian food and donate all of its proceeds to charity.

The 336,000-square-foot office building’s program reflects the developer’s heritage as well as the heritage of more than a third of Staten Island residents with Italian ancestry. The restaurant, Pienza, Pizza, Pasta and Porchetta, is named for Pienza, a Tuscan town that The Nicotra Group founder Richard Nicotra and his wife visit every year.

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Indonesia: City of Jakarta has 600 hectares of farmland

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An urban farming area along the riverside in Jl. Raden Saleh II in Cikini, Central Jakarta. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

“In a city like Jakarta, urban farming is ideal for residents who want to farm in a limited space.”

The Jakarta Post
Sept 27, 2017

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“Not everyone knows that the total area of rice fields in Jakarta is 600 hectares, which is owned by the private sector. The land is spread across East, West and North Jakarta,” the head of food security division of the Jakarta Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency, Mujiati, said on Tuesday.

To encourage farming among residents in the capital, Mujiati said her agency launched an urban farming program in 2016. The program aims to encourage residents to utilize open spaces at home for farming.

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Hong Kong’s agricultural revolution: the rise in farming for fun

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Janice Tse, with her daughter Wing Wing at the Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm, where they go most weekends. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Recreational farming has taken off in the city’s less built-up areas, providing jaded urbanites with a family-friendly weekend escape

By Sidney Leng
South China Morning Post
July 30, 2017

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Since April, it has become a weekend ritual for Tse’s family to spend an afternoon at an organic farm in Yuen Long, where they have rented a piece of land – eight feet long, four feet wide – to grow organic vegetables and fruit for one year.

“I am a working mum. It’s quite relaxing to come here,” said Tse, who works in the banking industry in Causeway Bay on weekdays. “My daughter likes running around. This is a good place. She can run, run, run. She can experience more than city life.”

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