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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

Excerpt:

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

The Aquaponic Farmer

Forthcoming: A Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System

By Adrian Southern & Whelm King
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2017

Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block.

The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer.

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June 2, 2017   Comments Off on The Aquaponic Farmer

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

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

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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

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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

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   Comments Off on Are Aquaponics a Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Agriculture Methods in New York City?

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