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Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

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Educational aquaponics program for schools

By Jonathan Luckhurst
Sea to Sky Aquaponics
Custom Food Production Systems

Excerpt from fundraising site:

Sea to Sky Aquaponics is in need of funds to expand its educational aquaponics program for schools. Funds will be used to:

(1) develop an aquaponics program that directly applies to the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics curriculums;
(2) design and build a wider variety of aquaponic systems
(3) attend the Amazing Agriculture event at Northlands (Edmonton, May 2017).
Sea to Sky Aquaponics has set a minimum goal of $5000 to achieve these aims.

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March 10, 2017   Comments Off on Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

Africa: Novel gardening method promotes urban farming in Namibian capital

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According to Antonio Wohler, Community Development Officer at the City of Windhoek, the most disadvantaged members of the city, especially those residing in informal settlements, benefit from the yields of the Aquaponic garden.

Coastweek
Feb 25, 2017

Excerpt:

Karumendu, along with two women and four other men are the pioneers of the aquaponics gardening project.

With lettuce taking root in a shaded net from a stream of water underneath charcoal cones, Karumendu and his team recently harvested the first yield of lettuce from an Aquaponic garden at the school located in Greenwell Matongo, a residential area dominated by shack dwellings.

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March 3, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: Novel gardening method promotes urban farming in Namibian capital

“Father of Vertical Farming,” Dr. Toyoki Kozai Says ‘Future Promising’

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ICCEA 2017: Dr. Toyoki Kozai’s take on vertical farming.

The most fulfilling project for the next generation of vertical farms is the online estimation of rates of photosynthesis, transpiration (water uptake) and respiration in vertical farms.

By Patrick Williams
Produce Grower
Mar 2, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpts:

PG: What does the future look like for vertical farming?

TK: It is promising. Commercialization of vertical farms started in Asian countries such as Japan and Taiwan since 2010. It is going to be started in the Netherlands this year. Russia has a strong interest in the vertical farming business.

Commercialization of strawberry production in vertical farms started in Japan two years ago. Commercialization of high-wire cherry tomato production has been considered in the Netherlands. Many private companies are interested in the production of medicinal plants in vertical farms.

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March 3, 2017   Comments Off on “Father of Vertical Farming,” Dr. Toyoki Kozai Says ‘Future Promising’

Vertical Farming: Does it Stack Up

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Video published on Feb 28, 2017. Writer:Sam Lemonick. Narrator/Scientific Consultant: Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

If vertical farming is so great, why isn’t everyone adopting it? Vertical farming has its challenges.

By David Latchman
ChemMatters
Oct/Nov 2016

Excerpt:

Open-field agriculture relies entirely on energy from the sun, so, when it is available, this source of energy is free. Crops grown indoors receive their energy from artificial light sources, which rely on electricity.

Another issue is that the artificial light sources, called grow lamps, emit heat, which can damage plants if they are placed too close to the plants. So the plants need to be spread out, and the indoor space needs to be cooled to compensate for the added heat from the lamps.

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March 2, 2017   Comments Off on Vertical Farming: Does it Stack Up

Arizona: Mesa Community College’s Center for Urban Agriculture

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Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Urban Horticulture Peter Conden works with George Brooks on aquaponics at MCC. Larry Mangino/AFN Staff Photographer.

“Right now, aquaponics is at that chasm, before it makes the jump into the mainstream.”

By Jimmy Magahern
Ahwatukee Foothills News
Feb 2, 2017

Excerpt:

Brooks, 61, an alumni of the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture who holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management, could be poised to become that figure himself.

Next month, he plans to release a book, tentatively titled ‘The Three-Hour Farm,’ that he says will instruct any team of four do-it-yourselfers how to build their own backyard aquaponics farm in just three hours.

But he’s counting more on one of his young students to become the Steve Jobs of aquaponics.

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February 8, 2017   Comments Off on Arizona: Mesa Community College’s Center for Urban Agriculture

Alternative farming on the rise in besieged Gaza

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Said Salim Abu Nasser has grown 3,500 kg of organic produce without any soil. He grows herbs, lettuce and peppers with aquaponic farming [Mersiha Gadzo/Al Jazeera] Click on image for larger file.

As fertile land shrinks and water crisis deepens, Palestinians are searching for different ways to feed their families.

By Mersiha Gadzo
Aljazeera
Jan 28, 2017

Excerpt:

At sunset on a warm January day, Said Salim Abu Nasser’s three grandsons crouched on the ground, using bricks to crush chalk into powder for calcium to help grow vegetables in water.

Abu Nasser, 53, has grown 3,500 kilogrammes of organic produce without any soil, transforming his rooftop and concrete lot in Gaza City into an organic oasis. He grows a dozen different types of vegetables and herbs for his family, including eight children and eight grandchildren.

Using hydroponic techniques, Abu Nasser can grow twice as many crops than with conventional techniques, and he saves 90 percent more water by recycling nutrient-dense water. His broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce and cauliflower float on polystyrene squares with holes cut into them, while their roots absorb nutrients from the water.

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January 29, 2017   Comments Off on Alternative farming on the rise in besieged Gaza

Galactic Farms Grew Food For Study On Space Settlers

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Snap peas growing from one of our experimental systems.

Hi SEAS 2015-16: We decided to build 4 small 30 gallon systems (the x-30s); 2 would use fish effluent and 2 would use human urine as a nutrient source.

Galactic Farms
Growing Food in Unique Palces
Dec 7, 2016

Excerpt:

Ultimately, Johnson and her crew were able to successfully grow peas and chard, although at low production levels. Although the systems were not as productive as they would have been if there were fewer limitations, the crew reported that working together on the project had value in terms of psychological benefits. The psychological effects of the astronaut diet were addressed in depth when the Hi-SEAS crew was interviewed for a recent podcast on Hidden Brain. They reported that much of their time is spent thinking about food because their options are so limited.

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January 22, 2017   Comments Off on Galactic Farms Grew Food For Study On Space Settlers

SproutsIO – Growing Personal Produce

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The system is modular, enabling a grower to have one or multiple devices controlled seamlessly through the SproutsIOGrow mobile app.

From their website:

The SproutsIO device is the home of your microgarden, designed to monitor and nurture your produce. The device is equipped with WiFi connectivity, environmental sensors for monitoring both plant and ambient conditions, camera, high efficiency LED lighting, and an electronic mister. The thoughtful design allows for ease of use and maintenance wherever you live, work, and play.

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December 9, 2016   Comments Off on SproutsIO – Growing Personal Produce

Are Aquaponics a Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Agriculture Methods in New York City?

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Edenworks, an aquaponic farm in East Williamsburg, expects to produce around 150,000 pounds of leafy greens in a 12,000-square-foot space. For reference, Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest rooftop soil farm operating on two rooftops in Brooklyn, grows about 50,000 pounds of produce in a total of 108,000 square feet. That’s 70 percent more produce in about five percent of the space.

By Emily Payne
New York City Food Policy Centre
Nov 16, 2016

Excerpt:

The Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Community Center Garden, Harlem

Location: The Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Community Center in Harlem, which offers a range of cultural events and educational opportunities in the neighborhood, is home to this agricultural project and science lab.

Size: The rooftop currently boasts 64 square feet of deep water tanks, along with modular vertical gardens producing a number of food plants.

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November 26, 2016   Comments Off on Are Aquaponics a Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Agriculture Methods in New York City?

Official China news agency features ‘urban agriculture’ photo in US-China pledge to promote agricultural cooperation

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Lead photo caption: AeroFarms is a mission-driven company setting a new standard for controlled urban agriculture to address the global food crisis by building and operating indoor farms in cities. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

Xinhua
Nov. 22

Excerpt:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) — Officials from China and United States on Tuesday hailed the two countries’ agriculture cooperation and pledged to strengthen the partnership.

Agriculture is one of the earliest, most productive and potential areas for Sino-U.S. cooperation, said Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang at the China-U.S. Agriculture and Food Seminar held during the 27th Session of the China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT).

“In the past 15 years since China joined the World Trade Organization, bilateral agricultural trade volume witnessed an average annual growth of 17 percent, reaching 32.1 billion US dollars last year,” said Wang.

The agricultural cooperation between China and the United States has made fruitful achievements in trade and investment, technology exchange and personnel training, and has made important contributions to the development of Sino-U.S. relationship, he said.

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November 23, 2016   Comments Off on Official China news agency features ‘urban agriculture’ photo in US-China pledge to promote agricultural cooperation

The Smart Garden – on Kickstarter

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The Smart Garden 9 is a meticulously designed, self-growing garden that revolutionizes how fresh food is grown.

From Kickstarter site.
Nov 17, 2016

Excerpts:

From crisp kale and spicy chilli to sweet strawberry and calming mint, this self-growing garden helps all plants thrive, automatically making sure they have the right amounts of water, light, oxygen, and nutrients. With healthy foods grown right on your windowsill, you can enjoy a higher quality of life 24/7.

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November 17, 2016   Comments Off on The Smart Garden – on Kickstarter

Webinar: Aquaponics In Gaza – 28th of October, 2016

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Improving food security and nutrition in resource limited urban areas

The presenter is Christopher Somerville, who has been working for FAO projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 2012.
Friday 28 October 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm (Rome time),
FAO HQ – AGD Meeting Room (B640)

Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing soil-less plants). Both practices mutually benefit from each other’s presence in one production unit. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in.

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October 26, 2016   Comments Off on Webinar: Aquaponics In Gaza – 28th of October, 2016

Taiga Tower – Enjoy fresh produce at home with self-watering & LED grow lights

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Based on the successful results from our prototypes, we’re now ready to place a bulk order with the finalized Taiga Tower design after this campaign closes.

Taiga Eco Systems, Inc.
San Jose, United States
Oct 11, 2016

Excerpt from their Indiegogo site:

We’ve spent a year perfecting the design and features of the Taiga Tower. Our prototype towers have flourished and proven the value of our tower design and low-maintenance care features. Our beta testers loved the benefits of having a backyard vegetable garden all packed within a compact and easy to use tower design. Based on the successful results from our prototypes, we’re now ready to place a bulk order with the finalized Taiga Tower design after this campaign closes.

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October 11, 2016   Comments Off on Taiga Tower – Enjoy fresh produce at home with self-watering & LED grow lights

Sea To Sky Aquaponics operates out of Squamish, British Columbia

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Large Hydroponic Garden. Footprint : 52×32?. Capacity: 60 baby kale plants; growth rate is approximately 3 weeks from date of seedling transplant.

Aquaponics educational program provides a hands on learning approach and is relevant to the biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and industrial arts curriculums

Excerpts From Sea To Sky Aquaponics website:

Sea To Sky Aquaponics’ vision is to educate and empower people to grow their own food. With awareness about the benefits of sustainable agriculture increasing, people are demanding alternatives to the industrialized food system. The benefits of our systems are many.

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September 18, 2016   Comments Off on Sea To Sky Aquaponics operates out of Squamish, British Columbia

Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas

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Comcrop CEO Allan Lim at his rooftop aquaponic farm. Mr Lim is optimistic that one day, the roofs of HDB estates and multistorey carparks could house similar urban rooftop farms. Photo: Dios Vincoy Jr For The Straits Times

He has his sights set on building a full-scale farm on a 3,500 sq metre location in Woodlands, with the aim of supplying food production centres and catering companies with leafy greens.

By Cheryl Teh
Straits Times
Aug 5, 2016

Excerpt:

Crops like basil and peppermint grow abundantly from vertical racks, and are tended to by several senior citizens and volunteers.

The crops from these racks alone provide over 150kg of produce per month – enough to garnish over 20,000 plates at a restaurant for a year.

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August 9, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Rooftop farm has crop of new ideas