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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

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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   No Comments

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

Africa: Cameroonian engineer brings fish farming to the city

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Flavien Kouatcha, an engineer in Douala, is attempting to popularise aquaponics to show that food can be grown in alternative ways. Photo credit: Josiane Kouagheu.

In the past 30 years Cameroon’s urbanization rate has doubled and the urban population continues to grow, rising by five percent each year, versus 2.9 percent for the country’s overall population.

By Flavien Kouatcha
Observers
Sept 15, 2016

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I grew up in a rural area in western Cameroon. I was always passionate about agriculture, though at the same time I realised our growing method wasn’t the right one. Here [in Cameroon], 40 percent of the food produced in rural areas stays in the villages, for lack of logistical means to bring them into the cities. And when it is brought in, it’s very expensive. In addition, fertiliser use is very high, and people don’t know much about new agricultural techniques.

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September 23, 2016   Comments Off on Africa: Cameroonian engineer brings fish farming to the city

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

University of Pittsburgh students use fish to create urban farm

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With the help of a $10,000 award from Betaburgh, Pitt students Vinh Luong and Joe DiPietro are starting a self-sufficient mini farm. Courtesy of Vinh Luong. Click on image for larger file.

“Watching how excited people get about aquaponics and something that I am creating is definitely the best part,” DiPietro said.

By Jace Bridges
The Pitt News
Sept 9, 2016

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The steel fish tank sits at the base of the portable farm system and houses about 300 tilapia. The system filters the fish water and converts it into nitrate-rich water, which is pumped up to the wooden greenhouse through irrigation tubes and over to the towers of the farm.

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September 15, 2016   Comments Off on University of Pittsburgh students use fish to create urban farm

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

3 Aquaponic Farms in Brooklyn, New York

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There is power in being able to grow your own food and to support your community in doing the same. Oko Farms Adult Apprenticeship program offers a unique urban farming experience.

Verticulture, Edenworks and OKO farms.

By Lorraine Chow
Eco Watch
Jun 17, 2016

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At an old Pfizer manufacturing plant in Bedstuy, Verticulture is raising food such as kale, micro basil and Brooklyn-born tilapia and looking to tap into the Big Apple’s $600 million in unmet demand for local produce.

According to The Verge, the startup is producing about 30 to 40 pounds of basil a week thanks to the help of 150-180 tilapia.

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July 23, 2016   Comments Off on 3 Aquaponic Farms in Brooklyn, New York

Johns Hopkins aquaponics testing ground gives way to urban teaching farm

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The Rechristened Food System Lab, Which Has Defined Itself As An Urban Teaching Farm, Welcomed More Than 1,500 Visitors Last Year Through School And Group Trips, Service Learning, And Open Houses.

By Katie Pearce
HUB
July 18, 2016

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In 2014, the Hopkins researchers conducted a first-of-its-kind international survey of more than 800 aquaponics practitioners, examining their methods and motivations, and followed that up with an international survey on the profitability of commercial systems. Attesting to the interest in subject, the latter survey is the most-accessed article Aquaculture, a top journal in its field, has published in more than 13 years.

“People really want to know what the field looks like, the shape of this industry, because it’s so new,” Love says.

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July 21, 2016   Comments Off on Johns Hopkins aquaponics testing ground gives way to urban teaching farm

Loo Urban Farm in Penang, Malaysia

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Sustainable Non-Toxic Aquaponics Green Vertical Urban Farming

From their website:

Loo Urban Farm, started by Philip Loo, with the initial aim to sustainably produce healthy food for our own consumption. It has then grown and evolved to be a social enterprise that will enable every home to sustainably produce self-sufficient, fresh and healthy food globally.

We continue to innovate, build and distribute our advance and efficient planting system. We educate and lead society as a whole to produce their fresh and healthy food at home or in a community.

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June 19, 2016   Comments Off on Loo Urban Farm in Penang, Malaysia

The Unlikely Fish-Farming Start-Up in the Middle of Berlin

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ECF’s goal is to cover the planet with aquaponic systems, on rooftops and urban sites around the world—and its plan seems to be on track.

By Elizabeth Rushe
Pacific Standard
June 13, 2016

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ECF is two things: First, it’s a living, breathing aquaponic farm, slap bang in Berlin city, in the neighborhood of Schöneberg?—?where David Bowie and Iggy Pop famously lived in the 1970s. After spending a hellish Saturday afternoon in nearby IKEA, you could literally walk all of four minutes down the road to the ECF farm, and see where your fresh fish and vegetables are grown. ECF is comparably prolific, farming 30 tons of fish per year; in 2015, the company quoted its output at 30 tons of veggies.

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June 18, 2016   Comments Off on The Unlikely Fish-Farming Start-Up in the Middle of Berlin

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

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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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Could Farming Be an NYC Growth Sector? from Gunjan Banerji on Vimeo.

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

Raised In Chicago: West Side Urban Farm Reaps Aquaponics Harvest

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Metro Farms from Medill Reports on Vimeo.

A greenhouse that sustains crops of lettuce, kale and about a dozen herbs, in addition to Rocky Mountain and American Blue tilapia that live in six 800-gallon tanks

By H. Will Racke
Medill Reports
May 4, 2016

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Metro Farms sends a weekly harvest to farmers markets, local food co-ops, and specialty grocery stores such as Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets.

It’s all part of what Kant calls a “biological machine,” and it stands as a testament to the potential of aquaponics to become a major part of urban agriculture in Chicago and other cities with unused industrial or commercial space.

Aquaponics farming, in particular, can be done by commercially-focused, large-scale growers like Metro Farms, or backyard garden enthusiasts like Dave Johnson of Villa Park.

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May 12, 2016   Comments Off on Raised In Chicago: West Side Urban Farm Reaps Aquaponics Harvest

Deutsche Welle: German Indoor Urban Agriculture – video report

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ECF Farmsystems GmbH – Consulting, planning and construction of aquaponics farm systems.

By Dagmar Zindel
Eco Africa
ECF Farm systems
11.04.2016

ECF Aquaponics Method
In ECF aquaponic farming systems, the process of both rearing fish and growing vegetables operates as a fully integrated and complementary system. Through this course of producing high-quality fish, water is enriched with valuable nutrients that are then passed into the greenhouse, providing the plants with natural minerals and fertilizer.

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April 29, 2016   Comments Off on Deutsche Welle: German Indoor Urban Agriculture – video report

A farm deep inside a Brooklyn warehouse may lead the way to large-scale urban agriculture

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CLOSED LOOP: Waste from tilapia in Jason Green’s tanks fertilizes herbs, which then filter the water. Both the greens and the fish are sold to restaurants. Photo: Buck Ennis.

Aquaponics once seemed like a hobby could be the future for growing food in New York City

By Cara Eisenpress
Crain’s New York Business
Apr 10, 2016

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At Edenworks, the Whole Foods agreement will let Green expand from a small warehouse in East Williamsburg, where his team has spent 18 months and $1.3 million in venture capital proving the concept of its modular farm, nurturing 50 pounds of tilapia and floating seed trays of chard, arugula and basil.

The farm’s products are chemical-free, even if they are not labeled organic. That has less to do with the fact that organic fish food is not always available than it does with the cost of getting products certified organic, Green said.

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April 15, 2016   Comments Off on A farm deep inside a Brooklyn warehouse may lead the way to large-scale urban agriculture