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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

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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

Vancouver aeroponics farm uses ‘space-age’ tech to grow food for local restaurants, markets

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Aaron Ferguson, CEO of Harvest Urban Farms, stands in the Strathcona warehouse where the farm is located. He said he would like to see more aeroponics farms in Vancouver. (Rachel Sanders/CBC)

He said they can get lettuce plants, for example, ready for harvest within 28 to 35 days. “Lettuce plants out in the field take about 45 days to be mature,” he said.

By Gavin Fisher and Rachel Sanders,
CBC News
Jul 21, 2016

Excerpt:

Harvest Urban Farms supplies their produce to restaurants and markets within a 10-kilometre radius of the farm.

Ferguson said he hopes to see the use of aeroponics grow in Vancouver, as he said growing food locally as opposed to importing it improves the quality and eliminates supply chain costs.

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July 22, 2016   Comments Off on Vancouver aeroponics farm uses ‘space-age’ tech to grow food for local restaurants, markets

Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center uses cutting-edge technology to grow fish, vegetables

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Urban Agriculture Center received a $1.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

By Malik Russell
Virginia Free Press
5/20/2016

Excerpt:

According to Duron Chavis, the center’s project director and a VSU graduate, the center combines hydroponics, where vegetables are grown in water rather than soil, and aquaponics, where fish are grown in small tanks, in a way that allows the fish waste to work as fertilizer for the plants, which in turn, filter the water.

“Basically, we’re trying to multiply how much food you can grow (in a small space) by two, three, four or five times, while at the same time conserving water and energy,” Mr. Chavis told the Free Press.

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May 25, 2016   Comments Off on Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center uses cutting-edge technology to grow fish, vegetables

This startup uses fish poop to grow fresh leafy greens inside a Brooklyn warehouse

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In a year, the company estimates the farm will produce about 50,000 pounds of tilapia and 130,000 pounds of leafy greens, such as chard, kale, mustard greens, and radish greens.

By Leanna Garfield
Tech Insider
May 18, 2016

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Edenworks is an urban farming startup that will soon grow different varieties of greens inside a 10,000-square-foot Brooklyn warehouse all while raising tilapia and using their waste as fertilizer.

Set to open by the end of 2016, the vertical farm, called Farmstack, will act as a man-made ecosystem and function without natural sunlight.

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May 19, 2016   Comments Off on This startup uses fish poop to grow fresh leafy greens inside a Brooklyn warehouse

Steve McLeod Swapped Dirt For Fish at his Urban Farm

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Farmer Steve McLeod tends to his tomatoes inside his aquaponic greenhouse shipping container.

I did not always know I would be a farmer. I chose the agricultural life because of health, climate change, urban, and city living.

By Maggie Roth
Food Tank
Nov 20, 2015

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I grow Controlled Environment Aquaponics (CEA) at my farm in the urban city of Cary, NC.

Sustainable farming practices are important to me because of climate change, cardboard tasting, pesticide, and antibiotic doused food.

My favorite thing about being a farmer is wearing sweats all day while experiencing a slice of the web of life.

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November 27, 2015   Comments Off on Steve McLeod Swapped Dirt For Fish at his Urban Farm

Food Computers – Future Farming

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MIT’s Caleb Harper, an architect turned urban farmer

By Ryan Duffy
Now What
Huffington Post
Nov 5, 2015

We are on the precipice of a global food crisis. The math is simple and staggering: we need to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people by 2050, but are currently capped by resource limitations, environmental contamination, and agricultural decline. At MIT, Caleb Harper, an architect turned urban farmer, is working to reverse the tide by revolutionizing agriculture as we know it. Link here.

November 6, 2015   Comments Off on Food Computers – Future Farming

FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing

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Rebecca Self of FoodChain, an urban agriculture nonprofit, posed with greens being grown along with tilapia fish in an aquaponics system. The greens and fish are sold to restaurants. By Tom Eblen.

Since September 2013, FoodChain has been producing about 30 pounds of greens and a dozen tilapia each week.

By Tom Eblan
Kentucky.com
September 20, 2015

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The fish and most of the greens are bought by Smithtown Seafood. Blue Moon Farm distributes excess greens to other restaurants.

The aquaponics system works like this: waste grain from the brewery is fed to the fish, whose waste water provides the nutrients for lettuce and other greens to be grown under energy-efficient indoor lighting.

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September 26, 2015   Comments Off on FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing

Dallas Urban Farms sows local produce mission from Deep Ellum rooftop

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Their first big corporate client is the Hilton Anatole hotel, where they’re working with chef David Scalise to install a rooftop farm on September 6.

By Teresa Gubbins
Dallas Culture Map
Sept 1, 2015

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Dallas Urban Farms is the brainchild of Jody Thompson and Max Wall, who have recruited some powerful supporters, including Deep Ellum property owner Scott Rohrman, who has signed on to install growing towers on the rooftops of his buildings; and Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban, who recently became an equity investor.

Thompson says their goal is to make food easy to grow and “cleaner,” without GMOs or pesticides. “One of the reasons we chose to grow with this technology is to eliminate the need for chemicals,” she says. “I was trying to stick to organic food, and started growing my own produce on my apartment balcony. I lost weight, and when I saw how much my health improved, I became inspired to do it on a larger scale.”

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September 9, 2015   Comments Off on Dallas Urban Farms sows local produce mission from Deep Ellum rooftop

University of Liverpool educates young people in futuristic farming with VydroFarm and FishPlant

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Farm Urban’s Dr Paul Myers with the University of Liverpool’s new VydroFarm.

This system can transform small, underused urban spaces into the farms of the future.

By Nikki Lee
Press Office
HydroGarden
Aug 5, 2015

As part of an exciting ‘Aquaponics in Schools’ initiative, school children in Liverpool are being educated about the issues behind sustainable global food production and food security, through a series of engagement projects sponsored by Farm Urban, The University of Liverpool and Coventry-based hydroponics specialists HydroGarden.

The University and Farm Urban, selected two of HydroGarden’s innovations for the future of farming to display. The first, a new vertical farming system, VydroFarm, was part of its exhibition stand at three of Liverpool’s biggest cultural and educational events in July, namely the ‘Eat the Atlantic’ Food Festival (4th – 5th July) on Liverpool’s waterfront, Big Bang North West science fair (8th July) for 11-18 year olds and Alder Hey Week (6th – 12th July). This last event was aimed at involving staff, patients and the local community in the exciting build up to the children’s hospital’s move to its brand new facility – ‘Alder Hey in the Park’.

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August 15, 2015   Comments Off on University of Liverpool educates young people in futuristic farming with VydroFarm and FishPlant

The world’s most beautiful greenhouses are underwater, and growing strawberries off Noli, Italy

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June 27, 2015 Fontanesi checks on the immersed biospheres. The underwater greenhouses take advantage of the high carbon dioxide levels, allowing the plants inside to grow at accelerated rates. Photo by Olivier Morin.

The company plans to roll out a much smaller aquarium version of the biospheres that people can experiment with in their own homes

By Robert Gebelhoff
Washingtonn Post
June 30, 2015

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But this is no ordinary greenhouse: It’s 20 feet under water, anchored to the floor of the sea just off the coast of Noli, Italy.

This is Nemo’s Garden, an experimental project in its fourth year, operated as part of the family-run Ocean Reef Group.

The balloon-like biospheres take advantage of the sea’s natural properties to grow plants. The underwater temperatures are constant, and the shape of the greenhouses allows for water to constantly evaporate and replenish the plants.

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July 6, 2015   Comments Off on The world’s most beautiful greenhouses are underwater, and growing strawberries off Noli, Italy

HydroGarden assists The University of Nottingham in new food and energy research

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The VydroFarm system at The University of Nottingham’s Creative Energy Homes Project (left to right) Stephen Fry, commercial sales manager, HydroGarden; PhD student Matthew Woodward; Professor Mark Gillott, The University of Nottingham.

Two of HydroGarden’s vertical hydroponic systems have been installed in the University’s ‘Creative Energy Homes Project’.

By Sarah Jelly at HydroGarden
May 2015

The University of Nottingham is embarking on an exciting new hydroponics research project with the help of Coventry-based hydroponics experts, HydroGarden, as part of its investigations into new concepts for energy efficient food secure future living.

The project will be supervised by Professor Mark Gillott and undertaken by Matthew Woodward, an undergraduate student on the B.Eng Hons Architecture Environment Engineering Programme at The University of Nottingham’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment.

It will investigate the differences in the energy used by a hydroponic system with only LED lighting, and one that utilises a mixture of natural and artificial lighting sources. The work will consider the impact of these different growing environments on the growth and production of the plants.

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May 13, 2015   Comments Off on HydroGarden assists The University of Nottingham in new food and energy research

FAO publication: Small-scale aquaponic food production

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Integrated fish and plant farming

By Christopher Somerville, Moti Cohen, Edoardo Pantanella, Austin Stankus, Alessandro Lovatelli
Fisheries And Aquaculture Technical Paper 589
Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations
Rome, 2014, 261 pages
(Must read. Mike)

Abstract
This technical paper begins by introducing the concept of aquaponics, including a brief history of its development and its place within the larger category of soil-less culture and modern agriculture. It discusses the main theoretical concepts of aquaponics, including the nitrogen cycle and the nitrification process, the role of bacteria, and the concept of balancing an aquaponic unit. It then moves on to cover important considerations of water quality parameters, water testing, and water sourcing for aquaponics, as well as methods and theories of unit design, including the three main methods of aquaponic systems: media beds, nutrient film technique, and deep water culture.

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February 10, 2015   Comments Off on FAO publication: Small-scale aquaponic food production

Aquaponics turn suburban industrial park into farmland in Toronto

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Craig Petten and Pablo Alvarez, winners of Humber’s Launch Pad Competition, have started Aqua Greens, an aquaponics farming operation in the heart of Mississauga.Photo by Randy Risling.

Ancient techniques of growing greens with fish and water are well ahead of Toronto bylaws

By Christopher Hume
The Star
Jan 25 2015

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No surprise then that when Alvarez and Petten approached the city about setting up their operation, they were denied permission. Though Toronto officials were willing to allow them into small areas of South Etobicoke, there aren’t any usable spaces in those locations. Toronto aquaponics is considered agriculture and, therefore, illegal.

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February 4, 2015   Comments Off on Aquaponics turn suburban industrial park into farmland in Toronto

Peggy’s story – Urban aquaponic farmer

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For lighting, when using LEDs (a combination of white, red and blue) they run about 17 hours a day 5-7″ above the plants.

We are back with the second installment of our new series interviewing urban aquaponic farmers. Today’s interview is with Peggy Berk, who have an aquaponic garden in her Manhattan apartment and advises clients on how to do the same in her professional life as an interior designer. As always, these interviews are brought to you in collaboration with Sylvia Bernstein and The Aquaponic Source in Longmont, Colorado. You can click here to learn more about aquaponics on their website. Enjoy!

Name: Peggy Berk

Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a native New Yorker, whom, after years of roaming the world, returned to Manhattan where I’ve lived for the past 39 years. I’m the owner and principal designer of Area Aesthetics Interior Design, a full service interior design and decorating company, and also Chair the Education Committee of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Formerly I owned a PR and Marketing company, and before that was a journalist here in New York City and in the mideast.

How did you get interested in aquaponics?
Growing up, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was a frequent topic of conversation (maybe, more accurately, “debate”) around our dinner table and my father passed on to us his love of the outdoors and, particularly, the oceans and marine life. Conservation and sustainability were not distant global concerns for us; it was definitely personal.

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December 31, 2014   Comments Off on Peggy’s story – Urban aquaponic farmer

Aquaponic urban farmers tell their stories

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As far as fish, me and my next door neighbor go to the Myacca River state park and cast net.

The below interview is the first in our new series profiling aquaponic urban farmers around the world – people using the combined principles of hydroponics and aquaculture, to both grow fresh produce and raise fish in their homes. The interviews were put together in collaboration with Sylvia Bernstein and The Aquaponic Source in Longmont, Colorado. You can also click here to learn more about aquaponics on their website. Enjoy!

Name: Richard DeCormis

Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
Bradenton Florida. 56 Disabled Artist Fabricator.

How did you get interested in aquaponics?
I got interested in Aquaponics because I was looking for something on the path toward self sufficiency.
I wanted something that was Vegetable and protein oriented and not a real physical workout too.

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December 19, 2014   Comments Off on Aquaponic urban farmers tell their stories