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Aquaponics Brings Fish to Farm to Table in Tampa, Florida

aquasustThe New Auqaponics System At Sustainable Living Project. Photo by Julie Branaman.

“The purpose of having several different grow systems is to show people as many different ways as possible to grow things.”

By Jan Hollingsworth
83 Degrees
March 18, 2014


Will Carey has spent most of his life feeding people — first as a chef, later as executive director of Tampa Bay Harvest, an organization that gleans and distributes farm and restaurant food that would otherwise be thrown away.

But these days he’s also committed to teaching people to feed themselves, a mission ripe for fruition as the urban farming movement takes root in cities across the nation.

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March 25, 2014   Comments Off

Former school building’s football field and playground converted to vegetable garden in Iowa

Stephen Kalina (left) and Mike Elwick look at the growth progress of tomato plants at Old School Produce Company in Vinton, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG TV9).

Vinton, Iowa man gets an education in urban farming

By Deborah Neyens
The Gazette
30 January 2014


“I had no plan for it,” Elwick admitted. “I bought it because it was a great old building with great exposure right in the middle of town. But then it became a question of now that I own it, what am I going to do with it?”

In researching local zoning ordinances, Elwick noted that one permissive use was truck garden. Although he “didn’t know anything about gardening,” he was drawn to the idea of joining the local food movement and converting the old football field and playground into an urban farm to grow and sell vegetables.

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February 11, 2014   Comments Off

Gertjan Meeuws – Indoor Farming: The Next Generation of Growing

With LED lighting we only provide wavelengths that are useful for growth and development of the crop.

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Gertjan Meeuws is a pretty stubborn Dutch horticultural engineer, convinced that the way we are producing our food today, won’t be a sustainable solution for feeding the world of tomorrow. Born in The Netherlands in 1962, he finished the University of Applied Sciences in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1983. Ever since, he has been involved in improving the performances of crops by combining his plant physiological knowledge with developing mathematical models and disrupting insights.

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February 7, 2014   Comments Off

Hydroponics used to grow salad in tunnels under London

Zero Carbon Food is growing pea shoots, rocket, red lion mustard, radish, tatsoi, pak choi and miniature broccoli in tunnels beneath London. Photograph: unknown/Zero Carbon Food

A second world war bomb shelter has been converted to grow eco-friendly salad approved by celebrity chef Michel Roux Jnr

By Tim Smedley
Guardian Professional
30 January 2014


A few hundred metres from Clapham North tube station stands a padlocked gate. Behind the gate is a dark, damp entrance to a spiral staircase leading 33 metres underground. A series of tunnels built as a second world war bomb shelter large enough to fit 8,000 people have remained virtually unused. Until now. At the end of one tunnel comes a pinkish-purple glow from behind white plastic sheeting. The Breaking Bad comparison is obvious. But the produce being grown using hydroponics and LED lights isn’t illegal. It’s salad. Salad, the taste of which is liked by no less than chef Michel Roux Jnr.

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January 31, 2014   Comments Off

Seattle’s Millionair Club creates hydroponic farm at Seattle shelter

A Seattle charity organization is now in the urban farming business

By Gary Chittim
KING 5 News
January 27, 2014
(Must see. Mike)

The Millionair Club Charity has created a hydroponic farm in the basement of its Seattle shelter.

Farm Manager Chris Bajuk said hydroponics is by far the most environmental form of farming. He explained there are no pests, so no pesticides, no emissions and very little transportation of the crops. The Club will use the fresh produce to feed homeless and jobless vistors to the shelter and will donate some to other local charities. It will also sell some of it to local restaurants like Tuta Bella.

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January 29, 2014   Comments Off


These glowing indoor garden boxes are the future of urban agriculture

By Drew Prindle
Digital Trends
January 2, 2014


GrowCube, an upcoming contraption from NYC-based inventor Chris Beauvois, aims to remedy this problem. GrowCube is essentially a high-tech indoor garden box that doesn’t require any soil to grow plants. Instead, the system uses aeroponics – a process that’s similar to hydroponics, but doesn’t require water tubes. Instead, aeroponic gardens hydrate plants using a fine mist of nutrient-loaded water that’s gradually collected by the plant roots. Misting like this allows GrowCubes to use 95% less water than traditional farming methods, and also prevents over-watering.

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January 13, 2014   Comments Off

Chicago adopts eco-friendly vertical farming

The City is trying a novel approach to grow crops indoors and help meet demand

By John Hendren
14 Dec 2013

America’s midwest is one of the great agricultural zones of the world. The wheat, corn and soybean fields feed millions around the world.

And to help meet demand, farmers are trying a novel approach – they’re growing their crops indoors.

December 21, 2013   Comments Off

Aquaponics in Gaza


The project will continue to focus on female producers offering the means for them to secure fresh, nutritious food and potentially generate a supplemental income for their family.

By Christopher Somerville and Cyril Ferrand
Field Report/Emergency Nutrition Network
Sept 2013 Issue 46


Initial results
The initial 15 rooftop aquaponics units showed some promising results. Most of the beneficiaries exerted considerable effort into the management of their units and most harvested a summer crop that was used for household consumption. For some beneficiaries, it reduced the need to purchase food (such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants) in local markets. Others paid less attention to reaching the full production potential of their units and concentrated more on growing some of their favourite herbs and vegetables. Every beneficiary mentioned that they thoroughly enjoyed managing their units.

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November 11, 2013   Comments Off

Hyundai Unveils World’s First Aquaponics Farm Powered by a Fuel Cell Car

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‘This installation is an imaginative way to bring alive the huge potential of hydrogen technology’, stated Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise and Chairman of the London Hydrogen Partnership.

By Marc Carter


Hyundai just teamed up with Something & Son to unveil the world’s first urban aquaponic farm ‘powered’ by a hydrogen car! Located outside of the London Design Museum, Hyundai’s Fuel Cell Farm seeks to educate the public on the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The aquaponics farm filters water produced by a ix35 fuel cell vehicle and then uses the H2O to sustain an aquarium full of fish and an edible garden.

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November 3, 2013   Comments Off

Feeding Future Megacities With Floating Hydroponic Farms

SeaLeaf is a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. Four former students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, designed the new system of growing produce with this challenge in mind. Instead of relying on fields, it uses oceans.

A team of engineers has designed a hydroponic module that could shift urban farming from the rooftop to the sea.

By Sydney Brownstone
Oct 24, 2013


Students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, Roshan Sirohia, Jason Cheah, Sebastiaan Wolzak, and Idrees Rasouli, have created SeaLeaf, a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. The team has demonstrated in at least one test that it can grow seven to eight yields of bok choy a year, while conventional farming only produces two or three. Because 18 of today’s megacities currently sit on coastlines, the team envisions a network of climate-resilient SeaLeaf farms that can feed millions of people. In theory, the farms would only be as far as a kilometer from the nearest pier.

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October 29, 2013   Comments Off

The Aqualibrium Garden – ‘The Future of Food’

Imagine a closed-loop ecosystem that can fit anywhere… offering the freedom to grow food year round.

From their Kickstarter site:

Inspired by the designs of futurist Jacque Fresco, the Aqualibrium Garden is modular, sturdy and very stylish. You will have the option of leaving the lower chamber fish tank open (as shown in the above drawing)… or closed by using the four removable clear doors included with each garden. This is a great option for homes with pets and small children.

Although our prototype (as featured in our Kickstarter video) is white, the Aqualibrium production model will be manufactured using clear, UV protected, scratch resistant plastic and will be shipped fully assembled… ready to fill with water, fish, grow medium and plants… perfect for either aquaponics or hydroponics growing.

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October 11, 2013   Comments Off

Dallas-based Urban Farming Operation Seeks to Reduce, Reclaim and Repurpose its Way to Profitability

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Heirloom watermelon patch in repurposed buckets planted on a Dallas rooftop by Eat the Yard. Photo Credit: Eat the Yard.

The co-owners got a thorough education in farming from the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a nonprofit that helps get returning veterans funded and into farming.

By Abbie Stutzer
June 20, 2013


Since Eat the Yard’s inception, Jeffers and Smith have worked to make the organization a complete, closed-loop system. “[We thought that] if we were going to sell to restaurants and were going to get into urban farming, we wanted to do it as off the grid and as green as we possibly could,” Jeffers said. To achieve a closed-loop system, the co-owners take compost and oil-waste from one of the Dallas restaurants with which Eat the Yard does business. Jeffers and Smith then break the materials down into compost, and grow more vegetables to sell back to the restaurant. Eventually, the duo wants to use the oil to make biodiesel to run the organization’s truck.

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June 27, 2013   Comments Off

NPR: Vertical ‘Pinkhouses:’ The Future Of Urban Farming?

This “pinkhouse” at Caliber Biotherapeutics in Bryan, Texas, grows 2.2 million plants under the glow of blue and red LEDs.

“The idea of taking a skyscraper and turning it into a vertical farming complex is absolutely ridiculous from an energy perspective.”

By Michaeleen Doucleff
May 21, 2013


The idea of taking a skyscraper and turning it into a vertical farming complex is absolutely ridiculous from an energy perspective,” says horticulturist Cary Mitchell of Purdue University, who’s been working on ways to grow plants in space for more than 20 years.

The future of vertical farming, Mitchell thinks, lies not in city skyscrapers, but rather in large warehouses located in the suburbs, where real estate and electricity are cheaper.

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May 26, 2013   Comments Off

Intel reports: Computer-Controlled Farms Change the Game in Urban Agriculture


‘iQ by Intel’ is brought to you by the employees of Intel

By Luke Kintigh,
iQ Managing Edito
Aug 16, 2012


Referring to BrightFarms hydroponic greenhouses.

Sensors throughout the greenhouse will feed information back to a central computer system, which is programmed to make intelligent decisions about growing factors such as temperature, humidity, and wind speed. If the greenhouse becomes too hot, roof vents will automatically open. If it remains overheated, fans switch on; and if that’s still not enough, a shade will draw down. The computer even knows what conditions are like outside, so it won’t open the roof if it’s raining.

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May 1, 2013   Comments Off

The Farming Technique That Could Revolutionize the Way We Eat


“I would later describe this sight to friends and family as my come-to-Jesus moment.”

By Roman Gausmar
The Atlantic Cities
06, 2013


On an early June morning in 2010, I stood outside the Aquaponics research facility at the University of Applied Sciences, perched on a green hilltop in Wädenswil, Switzerland, 20 minutes outside Zurich. The lab director, Andreas Graber, had finally given in to my persistent calls requesting a visit. Graber, Switzerland’s most prolific aquaponics researcher, had been publishing on the subject for eight years — a long time in this young field.

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March 9, 2013   Comments Off