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Toledo, Ohio restaurant to open 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm to supply four area restaurants

New location for Balance Pan-Asian Grill to include urban farm. (Source: WTOL)

Mr. Karamchandani said the Balance operation will use tilapia and prawns, and it will grow all types of leafy greens, any type of fruiting vegetable (such as brussel sprouts), all types of peppers, and herbs. Prawns can be harvested for use in Balance menu items, but the chain does not use fish.

By Jon Chavez
Toledo Blade
Oct 12, 2017

Excerpt:

But next to the 2,300 square foot restaurant the owners plan to build an 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm that will grow enough vegetables, fish, and shrimp to supply their soon-to-be four area restaurants.

“We will grow product and 70 percent of it will be used in our restaurants. The rest we will sell to restaurants in town and in Ann Arbor,” said Mr. Karamchandani. “We’re going to pull out a lot, tons of produce once this gets going.”

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October 21, 2017   Comments Off on Toledo, Ohio restaurant to open 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm to supply four area restaurants

Hexagro – The Living Farming Tree

A modular, scalable and automated indoor garden that allows you to grow healthy food at your house or business, without being an experienced farmer.

From crowdfunding page

Thanks to LED lights, an automatic irrigation system and scalable kits you will decide how much produce to grow based on your own needs. Easy to unpack at home, you can choose to start with the basic 4-modules kit and scale up later on. But if you already can’t wait to invite your friends for dinner, the fully equipped 11-modules configuration is the one for you!

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October 10, 2017   Comments Off on Hexagro – The Living Farming Tree

LOKAL is a prototype of a salad bar whose ingredients are grown indoors, locally and vertically, using a hydroponic farming system

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SPACE10—IKEA’s external future-living lab—popped up in Shoreditch during last week’s London Design Festival.

By Simon Caspersen
SPACE 10
Director of Communications
Photographer: Rory Gardiner and Nicklas Ingemann
Sept 2017
(Must see. Mike)

We used the occasion to test a new food concept, we’ve been working on, called LOKAL. It is not fully ready to be implemented in the IKEA business of today, but was received so positively by local Londoners, that we are exploring further.

LOKAL is a prototype of a salad bar whose ingredients are grown indoors, locally and vertically, using a hydroponic farming system, which was on public display throughout the week.

Two thousand salads
The purpose of the prototype was to test how Londoners felt about food grown hydroponically and, more importantly, whether they liked the taste of the microgreens.

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September 30, 2017   Comments Off on LOKAL is a prototype of a salad bar whose ingredients are grown indoors, locally and vertically, using a hydroponic farming system

Illinois: McHenry County College to expand urban agriculture program with $500,000 donation

Aquaponics and hydroponics growing stations in the MCC Greenhouse.

The project stems from recommendations of local and regional planning efforts that highlight the need to invest in sustainable local food systems in Illinois

By Northwest Herald
Sept 4, 2017

Excerpt:

A two-year pilot program will allow students to research sustainable agricultural trends and practices, develop programming to support the needs of farmers, facilitate partnerships across the agriculture community and promote the use of sustainable practices and food production in the region.

Ultimately, the goal is for students to learn small-scale organic food production in a farm setting year-round, according to the release.

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September 9, 2017   Comments Off on Illinois: McHenry County College to expand urban agriculture program with $500,000 donation

How learning to farm on other planets could help us on our own

Growing food on inhospitable planets may no longer be the stuff of fiction, such as in the Disney film Wall-e.

“There is actually a lot of crossover.” Says Gioia Massa, NASA researcher, of both techniques used in urban farms and their research.

By Danielle Crowley
Farmer’s Journal
06 August 2017

Excerpt:

This October, a shipping container called Eden ISS will arrive at the Neumayer III polar station in Antarctica. The plan is to grow around 40 different plants in it, such as basil and strawberries. While not the first greenhouse on Antarctica, this one has a special purpose. Space agencies will be monitoring it in order to get an idea of the challenges that must be overcome to grow food in a harsh, inhospitable environment. The one in mind – Mars.

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August 13, 2017   Comments Off on How learning to farm on other planets could help us on our own

Educating Children about Sustainable Food Production

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

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’


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


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

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

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


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

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