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The World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Farm Is Happening In Philadelphia

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To this point, the city of Philadelphia has only ~8 acres of urban farming, mainly because there’s no available land for growing crops traditionally.

Metropolis Farms
Sept 29, 2017

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Pictured above is a massive 100,000 sq foot solar array with 2,003 solar panels, and it captures enough sunlight to supply over half a megawatt of energy. Underneath those panels, on the fourth floor of this building, we are constructing an indoor vertical farm that will grow the equivalent of 660 outdoor acres worth of crops in less than 100,000 sq feet, annually. The panels are already installed and turned on, now we’re building out the farm. The first crops will be planted in November.

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October 5, 2017   Comments Off on The World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Farm Is Happening In Philadelphia

Detroit Cultivator: A Six-Acre Civic Commons Is Coming to Detroit’s North End

The rendering of Oakland Avenue Urban Farm’s iconic “Yellow House” headquarters (image courtesy Akoaki)

The Detroit Cultivator is an “urban plan in which food production, cultural activity, and civic assets work together to reactivate a locally rooted economy.”

By Sarah Rose Sharp
Hyperallergic
Sept 27, 2017

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The project, called the Detroit Cultivator, was made in collaboration with the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm (OAUF) and its chief cultivator, Jerry Hebron. After almost two years in the planning, it will create a six-acre civic commons. Supported by a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund, the Detroit Cultivator is an “urban plan in which food production, cultural activity, and civic assets work together to reactivate a locally rooted economy,” according to Sirota. The organizers hope to raise $2.5 million to support the full realization of the project.

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