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Japan: ‘Tokyo Salad’ growing 400 plants in unused warehouse located under elevated transit lines

The strict hygienic conditions inside of the Tokyo Metro Co.’s cultivation center in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward. (Mainichi)

Tokyo Metro Goes ‘Train to Table’ with Hydroponic Lettuce

By Leon Kaye
Triple Pundit
Dec 19th, 2017

Excerpt:

As showcased recently in one of Tokyo’s major daily newspapers, the company, Tokyo Salad, is growing about 400 plants in what was previously an unused warehouse located under one of the subway system’s elevated transit lines. The startup, a joint venture between rail operator Tokyo Metro and a development company, currently markets 11 varieties of greens.

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December 26, 2017   Comments Off on Japan: ‘Tokyo Salad’ growing 400 plants in unused warehouse located under elevated transit lines

New Zealand: ‘Pat on Back’ Guinness World Record attempted at South Alive Community Garden

The aim was to get at least 251 people together to pat each other on the back for a year

By Eugene Bonthuys
The Southlands Times
December 10 2017

Excerpt:

An attempt by South Alive to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chain of people patting each other on the back in Invercargill fell short on Sunday afternoon.

The aim was to get at least 251 people together to pat each other on the back for a year of successful projects in south Invercargill, with participants gathering in the South Alive community garden for the attempt.

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December 17, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: ‘Pat on Back’ Guinness World Record attempted at South Alive Community Garden

Brunei: Workshop provides knowledge to start urban farm

Brunei local agricultural business intelligence company, Agrome IQ, recently conducted its Sprout IQ Workshop on growing tomato at one’s backyard.

Borneo Bulletin
Dec 5, 2017

Excerpt:

The workshop held in Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd headquarter, Gadong, included educating participants with the climate and soil requirements, step-by-step processes in growing tomato such as treating the seeds and sterilising the soil medium, preventing and curing from diseases and pests associated with tomato plants, and on how to market their produce to generate income.

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December 14, 2017   Comments Off on Brunei: Workshop provides knowledge to start urban farm

Philippines: Taguig, Manila launches newest urban farm on its Charter Day celebration

Taguig Integrated Urban Farm. And watch evening, opening celebrations here.

The city’s agriculture office chief assured their urban gardening program favors organic farming where pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and growth hormones are not used on crops.

By Martin Sadongdong
Manila Bulletin
December 9, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

City Agriculture Office officer-in-charge Emelita Solis said the urban farm integrated various kinds of urban farming setups like gardens showcasing vertical farming to wooden rack and pole gardens.

She said the creation of the integrated farm served as one way to engage residents in urban farming practices for food production.

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December 10, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Taguig, Manila launches newest urban farm on its Charter Day celebration

Malaysia: Farming gains ground in Kuala Lumpur

City Farm marketing director Looi Choon Beng demonstrates how little space is needed for an urban garden. – By Kamal Ariffin, November 26, 2017.

“Somebody needs to do this thing now, or else we will not be ready for a possible crisis in the future.”

By Asila Jalil
Malaysian Insight
Nov 26, 2017

Excerpt:

In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Wong Min Lik has co-founded Moutou Art Space on the rooftop of a building at Lorong Panggong.

The 35-year-old Wong said the rooftop was empty space before they took over in December last year. Today, it has a bar and a garden which brimming with fresh vegetables and herbs such as lemongrass, ginger, mint, lemon, passionfruit, and bitter gourd.

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December 3, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Farming gains ground in Kuala Lumpur

Singapore: ‘Closed loop’ urban farm in Queenstown tackles food waste with insects

Located in Queenstown, Citizen Farm grows vegetables, edible flowers, mushrooms, as well as jade perch fish. (Photo: Wendy Wong)

The farm currently produces around 150kg of vegetables and fish a month, and goes through the same weight of food waste a day for its insect farm, which currently houses about 10kg of the black soldier fly’s pupae.

By Wendy Wong
Channel News Asia
Nov 26, 2017

Excerpt:

As the Government ramps up efforts to reduce food waste and raise awareness of the problem, one urban farm in Singapore has been trying to lighten this load with the help of an insect.

Set up earlier this year, Citizen Farm in Queenstown has been using the black soldier fly to help grow its vegetables, as food for its fish and to help tackle food waste – the first in Singapore to incorporate these insects as part of farming practice.

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December 2, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: ‘Closed loop’ urban farm in Queenstown tackles food waste with insects

Indoor farming expert says Korea, Japan need to up investment

Toyoki Kozai, professor emeritus of Chiba University and president of the Japan Plant Factory Association, speaks to the press at an indoor farming facility in Chiba University in Chiba, Japan. (Son Ji-hyoung / The Korea Herald)

An example is the $1 billion investment into factory farms by Sanabio, a joint venture between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese optoelectronics giant Sanan Group.

By Son Ji-hyoung
Korea Herald
Nov 26, 2017

Excerpt:

In the wake of cost-saving light-emitting diode technologies, now is the best time to invest in indoor farming, according to Kozai.

Currently, products grown in indoor vertical farms are 20 to 30 percent more expensive than those of conventional farms.

JPFA, a Chiba University-affiliated vegetable factory operated across 10,000 square meters, uses solar light to grow tomatoes and strawberries, and artificial light for lettuce production.

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December 2, 2017   Comments Off on Indoor farming expert says Korea, Japan need to up investment

Hong Kong urban farmers find bliss in rooftop gardens

Pol Fàbrega is the co-founder of sustainable living group Rooftop Republic. Photo: Edmond So

Sustainable living proponents praise benefits but lament regulatory hurdles

By Yujing Liu
South China Morning Post
Nov 25, 2017

Excerpt:

Some 60 rooftop farms and 1,400 farmers have emerged locally over the past decade, and a handful of farms are added each year, according to Mathew Pryor, an associate professor and head of the landscape architecture ­division at the University of Hong Kong.

More than 7.38 million people now live in just 2,754 square km in the city, and only 24 per cent of the land is developable urban area. Hong Kong is likely to stay the world’s most densely populated city in 2025, according to a Bloomberg study.

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December 1, 2017   Comments Off on Hong Kong urban farmers find bliss in rooftop gardens

Korea: Growing Food on a Green Roof, Part of the Solution for Climate Change

Video shows green roof solution in Korea.

Rooftop Gardeners make Kimchi

Chosun.com
2017.11.21

Rough Google Translation:

The lecture room of Seoul National University, Professor Han Moo-young, graduate students, residents of Gwanak-gu, and foreign students from the School of Construction and Environmental Engineering gathered in this school. Those with pink rubber gloves on both hands sliced ??the radishes on one side and trimmed them on the other side. It was the day to make kimchi which will be delivered to neighbours.

“Just grab a bunch of spices and rub them on the cabbage.” Gwanak-gu residents Kim Hye-Ja (48) told me. This is how to spice the marinated Chinese cabbage. The master from Indonesia followed his this red sauce. Gita said, “I learned what kimchi is in my class. The Kimchi was made on the same day it was delivered to local residents in apartment complexes in Gwanak-gu by the local service organization, Yeong-Ok, CEO of Gwanak city agricultural network.

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November 27, 2017   Comments Off on Korea: Growing Food on a Green Roof, Part of the Solution for Climate Change

Korea: Lotus Farm is a Floating Urban Farming System

2017 Bronze Winner
Hydrokorea
taeung Kim, sunae Shin, sungho An, seungjun Lee, mirae Park

Excerpt:

Lotus pontoon is a future-oriented farming system with floating architecture that can solve problems about production, sale and distribution of crops in the urban area.

Production loss of crops in the process of distribution from farm-plantation to urban areas can
cause both economic loss and global warming by increasing methane and carbon dioxide gas.

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November 25, 2017   Comments Off on Korea: Lotus Farm is a Floating Urban Farming System

Korea: University Rooftop Provides Food and Rainwater Storage

Engineers of Seoul National University made a special green-roof in their campus. The green-roof can storage rainwater, absorb heat energy and grow vegetable.

Professor Mooyoung Han’s Paper Presented at Sesttle’s Cities Alive Conference, 2017

By Professor Mooyoung Han
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Eng.
#35-302 Seoul National University
#1 Daehakro Kwanakgu, Seoul, Korea
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

There are additional social benefits which cannot be quantified. This vegetable garden became a place for communication between school and local residents. Every month, participants of urban farming on #35-dong green roof gather, share their harvested crops. Three big events at the green roofs became regular: Potato harvesting and sharing at the end of June, Full moon festival with traditional Korean rice cake making at Aug 15, in lunar calendar, and Kimchi making and sharing with foreign students at the end of November. Students, professors, local neighbors, and foreign students participate and enjoy the culture and sharing.

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November 21, 2017   Comments Off on Korea: University Rooftop Provides Food and Rainwater Storage

Korean Urban Farmers, Cultivating Hope

Must see video. Link here.

“As soon as we enlarge our cultivation area and secure a sufficient yield, we hope to create a model for the 6th Industrialization of Urban Agriculture, which includes processing for commercial packaging.”

The World on Airang
Nov 13, 2017
(Must see video. Mike)

Excerpt:

Some farmers are now trying to make profits by farming, pushing it beyond a hobby. And they are here in Haengchon , central Seoul. Run by 23 urban farmers in the neighborhood, this farm received an official certification as an urban farming community last year. Their first goal was to build a farm that fulfilled their purpose. With a large outdoor farm 230m2(meter square) in size and 140 garden beds, every nook of the neighborhood is used as farmland. These farmers grow their own plants from seeds. Earlier this year, they planted and raised a total of 50 thousand seedlings and made some profit.

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November 18, 2017   Comments Off on Korean Urban Farmers, Cultivating Hope

Singapore: More urban farms, rooftop gardens in Singapore with enhanced greenery scheme

Click image to see larger file. Urban farms, like this one at Raffles City, help to optimise under-utilised roof spaces. (Photo: Edible Garden City)

The Landscaping for Urban Spaces and High-Rises (LUSH) programme, which aims to replace greenery lost during a building’s development or redevelopment, will be enhanced to improve both the quality and quantity of urban greenery, said Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee

By Wendy Wong
Channel News Asia
Nov 9, 2017

Excerpt:

This includes encouraging property developers to house urban gardens and communal rooftop gardens in their buildings, and increase landscaping on walls and roofs – which can also help lower ambient temperature.

“Such features have been gaining popularity in our urban landscape, as many Singaporeans have a keen interest in farming and gardening,” said Mr Lee, who is also the Minister for Social and Family Development.
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Singapore: First-timer’s gardening attempt pays off in a big way

Mr Ivan Loh, 71, with his 25kg winter melon, which won him the Heaviest Winter Melon prize and $500 at the Community Garden Edibles Competition. St Photo: Ng Sor Luan.

There were 10 categories: the longest brinjal, lady’s finger, long bean, bitter gourd and chilli, and the heaviest papaya, pumpkin, winter melon, sweet melon and tomato.

By Raffaella Nathan Charles
Straits Times
Nov 4, 2017

Excerpt:

Mr Loh, a retired sailor who lives in a flat in Bukit Batok, decided to give gardening a try at his friend’s backyard in Choa Chu Kang earlier this year. The secret to his success was a combination of good fertilisers, he revealed. “I am happy and proud, but it was very unexpected,” he said of his win.

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Singapore: National Parks Board will for the first time be leasing out garden spaces in their parks

Community farmers at their allotment garden plots at HortPark. St Photo: Ng Sor Luan

A total of 1,000 of these “allotment gardens” will be built in 10 parks by 2019, said NParks.

By Raffaella Nathan Charles
Straits Times
Nov 3, 2017

Excerpt:

This move is part of a broader Edible Horticulture Plan launched on Friday (Nov 3) that also spells out training initiatives and ways to support gardening in Singapore.

In recent years, more community gardens have sprouted islandwide, reflecting a keen interest in gardening beyond the professional sphere. Gardening enthusiasts also say that they have observed more aspiring green thumbs.

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November 8, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: National Parks Board will for the first time be leasing out garden spaces in their parks