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China: Shanghai’s Edible Rooftops


Sky Farm in Shanghai uses rooftop agriculture to help urban residents experience nature up close. By Daniel Holmes and Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone.

With approximately 10 billion square meters of exposed roof space across Chinese cities as of September 2011, according to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the concept has plenty of capacity to grow.

By Liang Chenyu
The Sixth Tone
Oct 24, 2017
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Excerpt:

Atop Red Star Macalline Group’s headquarters sits a rooftop farm called Yiyun, which translates as “leaning on the clouds.” Chilies, white gourd, eggplant, chives, and other vegetables flourish across the 4,600-square-meter garden cultivated by the company, which is China’s largest national furniture retailer. The harvested produce is used in the staff cafeteria, and the farm also provides thermal insulation for the building’s top floor, which houses expensive rosewood furniture.

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The Most Surprising Little Urban Farm in L.A. Is on a Mar Vista Side Street

Photo Courtesy Of Casamor Farm.

Farm sells its produce on the honor system, and ”it works perfectly”

By Joshua Lurie
Los Angeles Magazine
October 16, 2017

Excerpt:

Kohler is a Swiss national who has cultivated a small vegetable patch in every home he’s had in L.A. In 2014 he converted his front and back yards into a “food garden” by planting 30 fruit and nut trees and replacing the lawn with growing beds.

He launched the farm stand in 2016 as a way to share his surplus harvest with neighbors, putting out vegetables every Sunday and encouraging visitors to “pay what you want.” Kohler says farm stands that operate on an honor system are an “integral part of the agricultural landscape” in Switzerland. Friends questioned whether a similar endeavor would work in L.A., but Kohler persisted and learned “it works perfectly.”

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Slowly-vanishing fruit farms in urban Utah County are still pumping out produce

One of Carlos Chavez’s produce farms in Orem.

Owner Carlos Chavez doesn’t own any of his roughly 10 plots of 2- to 8-acre farmland in Orem and surrounding cities, but rather he leases it from year-to-year.

By Isaac Hale
Daily Herald
Oct 16, 2017

Excerpt:

What was once a dirt road and open hills surrounding the farm about 45 years ago is now very much a part of Pleasant Grove city, with paved roads and residential houses. Almost everything directly surrounding his farm has been developed, but it hasn’t been a bother to the Guernseys. Though, it’s apparent that the value of land in the area has skyrocketed.

“We’ve had several people offer to buy since my parents first bought it 45 years ago,” said Guernsey. “For me, it’s never been a decision. I’m not going to sell; I’m not going to turn my property into houses. I’m certain that it’s inevitable one of these days, but as long as I’m alive we’re going to keep it like it is. If we had accepted any one of those offers we could have retired early and lived very nicely.”

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