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Superior Fresh – Largest Aquaponics Facility in the World

Uses LumiGrow LED Grow Lights

LumiGrow Lighting
May 21, 2018

Superior Fresh is the largest aquaponics facility in the world. Their state-of-the-art fish facility is coupled with a 3-acre glass greenhouse where they grow various leafy greens and herbs. They grow everything from seed in their greenhouse under LumiGrow grow lights and produce 1.8 million pounds of leafy greens each year. The leafy vegetables make their journey from the greenhouse to supermarket shelves within 48 hours.

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May 31, 2018   Comments Off on Superior Fresh – Largest Aquaponics Facility in the World

Urban farming blooms in Fort Myers, Florida

Three years later the lot overflows with preternaturally healthy vegetables and flowers raised in 5-gallon buckets, and a menagerie of ducks, quail, rabbits and hens.

By Patricia Borns
News Press
May 2, 2018

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“Practical science wakes up a kid’s mind, a man’s mind, any mind,” the farmer says. “When you plant a seed, grow it and then eat it, it puts things in a whole different perspective. When you turn a whole pack of seeds into a thousand dollars, it takes your mind to a bigger place.”

Educating parents is a challenge, he says. Accustomed to provisioning at grocery stores and food pantries, many haven’t experienced saving $20 on their food bill from a $10 investment in plants.

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May 8, 2018   Comments Off on Urban farming blooms in Fort Myers, Florida

Canada: Growing food with fish poop: how these ‘farmers of the future’ are feeding Toronto

Brandon Hebor, left, and Steven Bourne founded agritech start-up Ripple Farms in 2016. (Petar Valkov/CBC)

Ripple Farms is bringing the farm to the city, one shipping container at a time

By Julia Whalen
CBC News
Mar 26, 2018

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Bourne and Hebor say one of their favourite parts of owning the business is the engagement piece. They do educational workshops for children and adults alike to teach them about aquaponics, agriculture, and why Ripple Farms matters.

“If we go into a presentation and Steve and I say, ‘We’re farmers of the future,’ people are like, ‘Well, what does a farmer of the future look like?'” Hebor said.

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April 1, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Growing food with fish poop: how these ‘farmers of the future’ are feeding Toronto

Aquaponics farmer Kenkel ’18 receives $1.6 million investment

Two Springworks employees examine lettuce on the farm. Courtesy of Trevor Kenkel

About 97 percent of America’s lettuce production is in Southern California and Arizona.

By Sarah Drumm
Bowdoin Orient
February 9, 2018

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In junior high, Kenkel started a small organic garden in his hometown in Montana. Frustrated by Montana’s short growing season, Kenkel learned about aquaponic farming online and began to build his own system with money from a summer job.

He continued to expand his first system and began to create a business plan for the company. Though he was recruited to play football at Bowdoin, Kenkel instead pursued his interest in sustainable agriculture, buying land near campus in Lisbon to allow him to continue to build the company while at school.

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March 23, 2018   Comments Off on Aquaponics farmer Kenkel ’18 receives $1.6 million investment

Japan firm seeks to spawn salmon farm revolution

Tetsuro Sogo hopes Japan can one day overtake Norway as the biggest producer of salmon. (Photo: AFP/Farzaneh Khademian)

Hoping that one day this will allow cost-effective inland farming of salmon, and enable Japanese to buy the homegrown fish for their sushi.

Channel News Asia
Feb 28, 2018

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After a test run last year, which produced one tonne of salmon that was sold to a major supermarket in Tokyo, Sogo plans to have a larger pilot facility up and running by July in Chiba, near Tokyo, producing 30 tonnes a year.

By 2020, the firm is aiming for a commercial plant capable of producing 1,500 tonnes of sushi-ready salmon.

Sogo is far from the only salmon farmer in Japan: in 2015, the central city of Imizu started farming “sakura-masu” or “cherry blossom salmon”, named for their delicate colour.

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March 9, 2018   Comments Off on Japan firm seeks to spawn salmon farm revolution

Pearl farming in Hong Kong: enthusiasts restock oyster beds in city waters to revive a 1,000-year-old industry

David Wong (left) and Yan Wa-tat on their oyster raft. Picture: David Wong

Fledgling marine industry seeking to profit from scientific methods and cutting-edge identification technology

By Sarah Lazarus
South China Morning Post
15 Feb 2018

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David Wong Chun-kit carefully pushes his knife into an oyster, between the two sides of its shell. He wiggles the blade back and forth to sever the muscle that holds it closed, and then gently prises the shell open. Inside, nestled within the oyster’s slimy folds, is a pearl – lustrous, perfectly spherical and gleaming creamy white in the morning sun.

Wong estimates the pearl to be 7.5mm in diameter. “It’s commercial grade,” he says. “Good for necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.”

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February 22, 2018   Comments Off on Pearl farming in Hong Kong: enthusiasts restock oyster beds in city waters to revive a 1,000-year-old industry

United Arab Emirate: Aquaculture and urban farming key to UAE food security

Mariam Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi is an expert in environmental engineering.

“Aquaculture and urban farming have a lot of potential in the UAE,” said Mariam Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Food Security

Binsal Abdul Kader, Senior Reporter
Gulf News
Feb 1, 2018

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The minister said she was looking forward to the innovations in aquaculture and urban farming to be exhibited at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) that opens on Monday at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec).

She said urban farming also has a lot of potential in the UAE as food can be grown in closed environments. “People need to know what urban farming is,” she said.

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February 2, 2018   Comments Off on United Arab Emirate: Aquaculture and urban farming key to UAE food security

Urban Seas Aquaculture successfully grows shrimp in the heart of a landlocked city – Greenville, South Carolina

Valeska Minkowski holds a shrimp from one of her tanks at Urban Seas Aquaculture on Monday, December 4, 2017. (Photo: Lauren Petracca, LAUREN PETRACCA\STAFF)

While the November harvest yielded about 60-70 pounds of shrimp per tank, Minkowski anticipates a year from now those numbers could be more like 120 to 150 pounds per tank.

By Lillia Callum-Penso
Greenville News
Dec. 29, 2017

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The past year has brought a number of lessons and realizations. Namely, while Minkowski originally thought she would sell to local restaurants, that plan has moved to a fourth-year goal, she says. While there is a lot of interest, she has realized that she just can’t provide the quantity needed.

Instead, she plans to provide shrimp to restaurants and local caterers for special events, which will allow her to plan and harvest ahead. And she plans to step up her sales to the public, though she’s not yet sure what form those will take.

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January 5, 2018   Comments Off on Urban Seas Aquaculture successfully grows shrimp in the heart of a landlocked city – Greenville, South Carolina

Canada: Something fishy about downtown Toronto’s Waterwheel Farms

Solutions to growing local produce may be as close as Queen Street West

By Katherine Forte
Toronto Obeserver
December 4th, 2017

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Wheeler began a small aquaponics farm in his apartment five years ago, when he got tired of his store-bought greens going rotten too quickly. All of his education on aquaponics farming came from research and translating knowledge gained from growing up on his family’s open-field farm in Northern Ontario. He works as a financial analyst for a renewable energy provider. He jokingly refers to himself as “a renewable energy crusader by day and an urban farmer revolutionist by night.”

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December 13, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Something fishy about downtown Toronto’s Waterwheel Farms

New affordable Bronx development will feature a rooftop aquaponics greenhouse

Rendering of the Bedford Green House courtesy of Edelman Sultan Knox Wood/Architects LLP and Hollister Construction Services

Half of the greenhouse space will utilize aquaponics, with the other half focused on growing crops like kale, spinach, and arugula.

By Devin Gannon
6 Square Feet
November 15, 2017

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Residents will also be able to work with Project Renewal’s horticultural therapist to grown their own food all year round. Additionally, chefs from the nonprofit’s Culinary Arts Training Program will teach healthy cooking classes in the rooftop greenhouse’s demo kitchen for residents and their neighbors in the community.

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November 22, 2017   Comments Off on New affordable Bronx development will feature a rooftop aquaponics greenhouse

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

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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

Singapore: ‘Floating Ponds’ that could see farms in parks, rooftops

This particular Floating Pond as an intensified way of doing farming

By Wendy Wong
Channel News Asia
Sept 4, 2017

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A three-storey prototype was developed in partnership with Singapore fish farm Apollo Aquaculture Group. Since its implementation last year, the fish farm has seen its yields increase by more than three times.

“This is something we’re not (just) talking about, we’re really demonstrating it. And I think this puts us at an advantage.”,” said Apollo deputy CEO Lucky Phua.

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September 12, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: ‘Floating Ponds’ that could see farms in parks, rooftops

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

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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

UK: Urban farming project makes BBC Countryfile debut

Dr Jens Thomas and Dr Paul Myers with BBC presenter James Wong at the Guild’s rooftop farm.

The programme highlighted how Farm Urban uses aquaponics as an educational tool to teach local people about hi-tech future food systems, inspire them to connect with their environment and empower them to make positive and informed choices.

The University of Liverpool
Aug 2, 2017

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A pioneering social enterprise founded by two University of Liverpool scientists is featured on the latest episode of the BBC’s Countryfile.

Farm Urban develops and tests the most efficient ways to grow food in urban environments, focusing primarily on aquaponics systems, which grow fish and vegetables simultaneously in a closed-loop ecosystem.

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August 8, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Urban farming project makes BBC Countryfile debut

UK: With urban grit and pink lights, London warehouse farms fish and greens

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Hofman sells 200,000 bags of salad each year to local food retailers and restaurants.

By Lin Taylor
Reuters
July 26, 2017

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It’s a far cry from traditional British farms that sprawl across acres of land. But for Kate Hofman, who co-founded GrowUp Urban Farms in 2013, producing food in this 6,000 square feet building in Beckton was not only clever and cost-effective, it was also a sustainable way to feed people in the city.

“Sometimes people have an idealized idea of how their food is being produced. In their head, they think that farmer Joe tends to his field with his hoe and grows his heads of lettuce,” the 32-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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August 3, 2017   Comments Off on UK: With urban grit and pink lights, London warehouse farms fish and greens