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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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

Urban fish farming makes sense in Harare, Zimbabwe

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Tilapia eat algae, weeds, vegetable scraps and bugs. Mulauzi says, “My fish survive on algae. I develop algae for them using chicken manure.

By Sharon Mazingaizo
Harare News
Mar 16, 2016

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Alfred Mulauzi (44) walks around his garden with pride, looking over his fish pond filled with bream. Mulauzi is an urban fish farmer and keen gardener who lives in Rhodesville with his wife and three children. He completed training in fish farming to improve his livelihood whilst providing a healthy and affordable source of protein to feed his family.

Mulauzi tends to his pond, which contains over 200 tilapia, with knowledge and passion.

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April 11, 2016   Comments Off on Urban fish farming makes sense in Harare, Zimbabwe

France-based “myfood” is releasing thirty beta-versions of their turnkey Smart greenhouses

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These combine vertical aquaponics and permaculture to create all-year-round food production solutions.

By Kevin Morgan-Rothschild
Supply Chain Manager
myfood
March 17, 2016

The purpose is to empower citizens to achieve independence from industrial agriculture. The solutions allow users to grow fish, leafy greens, herbs, as well as fruiting vegetables.

The ingenious solution grows up to 500 lbs of fresh vegetables annually as well as 1 to 2 lbs of fish a week through the employment Bright Agrotech’s space saving and productive Zipgrow towers.

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March 17, 2016   Comments Off on France-based “myfood” is releasing thirty beta-versions of their turnkey Smart greenhouses

Aquarium-like ‘Microfarm’ perfect for every classroom

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The Microfarm leverages the power of aquaponics, a symbiotic relationship between plants and fish, to easily grow fresh, organic vegetables all year.

From their website:

It works like this…The fish are fed and produce waste, normally this would mean a nasty aquarium water change about every two weeks, but in this system the water is pumped up into the media bed. Here, it is broken down by bacteria into the basic nutrients for plant growth. The plants use these nutrients to thrive, growing closer together and faster than traditionally grown vegetables, while using only a tenth of the water.

Nearly all garden plants grow in the system, so it is perfect for culinary experimentation with unusual herbs, or simply growing fresh and crisp greens in deep winter.

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February 18, 2016   Comments Off on Aquarium-like ‘Microfarm’ perfect for every classroom

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) fish farmers raking in koi profits

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Japanese koi fish. — Illustrative Image danviet.vn.

Farmers in Binh Chanh District, HCM City, are farming ornamental Japanese koi fish and Japanese carp following an incentive programme launched by the city recently.

Viet Nam News
Jan 9, 2016

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The programme, which was implemented by the city’s agricultural extension centre, encourages local farmers to raise the two breeds of fish. It has helped three farming households in choosing fish breeds, food and farming techniques.

Due to its suitable water and soil quality, Binh Chanh District is being developed into a specialised resource area for farming these two ornamental fish species.

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January 12, 2016   Comments Off on Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) fish farmers raking in koi profits

The World’s First Aquaponics Documentary Film planned

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Aquaponics Documentary Indiegogo from Karney Hatch on Vimeo.

The film will explore the history of Aquaponics in Mexico (the chinampas originated by the aztecs) and Asia (traditional combinations of fish and plants grown together).

Karney Hatch, director of “Plant This Movie”, and Maribou Latour, host and creator of the Visonary Aquaponics podcast, are teaming up to make a documentary about aquaponics around the world!

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January 10, 2016   Comments Off on The World’s First Aquaponics Documentary Film planned

Disabled Marine pursues new goal of aquaponics farming in Florida

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Marine veteran Brooklyn Mickell checks new plants on Dec. 11 at Soul Crop in East Lake Weir, Fla. (Photo: Alan Youngblood/Star-Banner via AP)

“It allows me to just be free and not worry about anything else that’s going on outside in the world,” Mickell said. “This doesn’t feel like work to me. It feels like a hobby that has become a career. It’s really refreshing.

By Richard Anguiano, Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner via the Associated Press
Dec 20, 2015

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Mickell said he first became intrigued with aquaponics in 2012, while he was serving in the Marine Corps and taking courses online to earn a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College. He said he actually first heard about the method from his wife, Dania Davy, 33, an attorney licensed to practice in North Carolina, who had a fellowship working with farmers on a variety of issues.

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January 4, 2016   Comments Off on Disabled Marine pursues new goal of aquaponics farming in Florida

This Californian Urban Farm Is A Glimpse Into The Future Of Agriculture

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Tilapia and goldfish live in these tubs.

Experimenting with aquaponics and low-water plants, Growing Experience is an example of how future farmers can hack together a better, more local food system.

By Nicole Laporte
The Fast Company
Dec 18, 2015

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The Growing Experience, which is run by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, is a CSA, or community supported agriculture program. The farm, which has been in operation since 2009, operates on 7 acres. More than half is a community garden. The rest is taken up by Ng’s work, a farm that grows collard greens, kale, tomatoes, pumpkins, along with a 300-tree orchard and an open-air chicken coop that produces eggs. Through a weekly subscription service it supplies boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables to locals as well as to low-income residents—who receive the food at a subsidized cost—who live across the street in a sprawling housing development.

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December 27, 2015   Comments Off on This Californian Urban Farm Is A Glimpse Into The Future Of Agriculture

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

Geoff Wilson’s ‘CitiesAlive’ – First Issue

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Murray Hallum’s simple aquaponics units using fibreglass tanks made at Maclay North, south of Brisbane, Queensland. Murray has been a remarkable pioneer of home-based and small commercial units that are well-meeting a need for sub-tropical equipment.

A regular online newsletter devoted to best urban food production using developing technologies.

By Geoff Wilson
Contact: wilson.geoff@optusnet.com.au
Vol. 1 No. 1.
November, 2015.
As an agribusiness journalist and communicator for the last 58 career years it has been my observation that sound, urban-based growing of food and greenery has big advantages for humans. G. Wilson
(Must see. Mike)

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Innovative urban algae farming for food – only some eight major species of an estimated world total of 73,000 algal species are currently harvested commercially for human foods. Yet the growing of algae foods and feeds on clean agribusiness wastes and clean carbon dioxide wastes is relatively easy technology that has enormous implications for existing agribusiness companies operating in urban locations. Two important products are algal omega-3 oils and and high quality algal proteins.

Further advancement of urban hydroponics and urban aquaponics – the former being now well advanced in rural areas, but easily adaptable for urban sites close to fresh food markets, while the latter is currently transforming from mostly a scientific hobby into a commercial reality for urban and peri-urban sites.

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November 8, 2015   Comments Off on Geoff Wilson’s ‘CitiesAlive’ – First Issue

Future farming: hi-tech project growing hydroponic herbs and fish unveiled near Sydney

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Green Camel uses computer controlled planting and one staff to lay young herb seedlings on conveyer belts,
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“We use all that water to grow the fish, then every single drop used to grow the fish is used to grow the crops.”

By Sarina Locke
ABC Rural
Nov 1, 2015

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Levi Nuppnen said the greenhouse on the south-west fringe of Sydney could produce 15,000 kilograms of barramundi and 130,000 kilograms of leafy greens a year on just 5,000 square metres of land.

“Every drop of water is accountable, every single joule of sunlight as well,” he said.

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November 7, 2015   Comments Off on Future farming: hi-tech project growing hydroponic herbs and fish unveiled near Sydney

$915,000 grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),for Aquaponics Production Centre in Virginia

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Virginia State University used a NIFA grant to purchase facilities where they teach aquaponics and urban farming. The operation allows them to both raise fish and grow vegetables in a symbiotic environment. (iStock image)

While bringing food to people who have limited access is important, teaching them to how grow their even more so, said Duron Chavis, VSU indoor urban farm director.

By Carlos J. Harris and Scott Elliott, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
USDA
October 26, 2015

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Like many other cities in America, Petersburg has found its way onto USDA’s list of food deserts – meaning that residents have limited access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food.

Virginia State University has found a way to fill the void with a hands-on program that teaches students how to successfully sustain urban farming operations and helps put affordable nutritious food on the tables of community residents.

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October 28, 2015   Comments Off on $915,000 grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),for Aquaponics Production Centre in Virginia