Category — Entrepreneurs
Started in 2010, Garden Fresh Farms is building a nationwide network of investor-owned, inner-city indoor hydroponic farms
Excerpt from their website:
We have proven that urban agriculture is sustainable in a warehouse environment. We want to help others reach for their dream and replicate Garden Fresh Farms in large urban areas. Imagine owning your own business that is “green”, natural, local and healthy. In any economy people have to eat and with the rise in gas prices, consumer purchases of locally produced products will increase.
Helping the Urban Farmer: We are making owning an urban farm within reach of the passive investor who believe in the future of indoor agriculture, wants to be part of the growth, but doesn’t want to quite their day job.
December 4, 2013 No Comments
Fresh City is a city farm located in Toronto. They bring makers and eaters together to change the way people think about food. They deliver fresh, local and organic food grown by city farmers right to your door.
November 25, 2013 Comments Off
Caters to chicken and bee keepers,gardeners, food preservers, cheese makers, gift givers and those just looking to add a little farm to the city life. Additionally, The Savvy Hen offers classes, speakers and events.
Owners: Melissa, Mark and Mosby Winchester
Opened: July 2013
Excerpts from their site:
What kinds of feeds do you offer?
We offer a high quality organic and conventional feeds and scratches for chickens of all life stages, as well as feed for rabbits and goats. Organic feeds are available in 50 pound bags, and several are also available in 25 pound bags. Additionally, we have an organic bulk feed bar, which offers whole grains,oyster shell and grit, all available for purchase by the pound. Please don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions regarding our feeds.
November 23, 2013 Comments Off
A film that examines community responses to the factory farm. How do we make local food fresh, real, and accessible to all?
By Elizabeth Sparks
Funding period Nov 11, 2013 – Dec 11, 2013
We have filmed across the United States over the past six months, but we want to tell the whole global story. This means we need your donations to complete our film and tell the real story – how urban farming is changing our planet worldwide. We have plans to travel to Mexico City, Tokyo, and Burgundy – each city and region facing unique challenges to urban farming (from economic conditions to access to water) and unique responses (the use of technology in Tokyo’s green buildings, for instance), too.
November 23, 2013 Comments Off
Recording Artist and Founder of Urban Farming donates partial proceeds from all of her music to Urban Farming
Excerpt from Taja’s website:
Taja Sevelle recorded a CD in Detroit for Sony and she began to see the amount of poverty due to job loss in the city as well as the excess amount of unused land and in 2005, she founded Urban Farming™, an international 501c3 headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. The Organization encourages people to grow their own food and in their first phase, the group installed hundreds of community vegetable gardens around the world for people in need.
November 22, 2013 Comments Off
Terra cora vessels to water plants
By Josh and Kenny of Growoya
Excerpts from their Indiegogo page:
The Oya is a locally made terra cotta vessel that is used to water plants. It is fired at a temperature that allows it to remain porous; therefore, when the surrounding earth is dry, more water seeps out. This means your plants are receiving the exact amount of water they need, which leads to healthier plants and bigger yields. No surface watering means saving water and less weeding. It also means you only have to water every 7-10 days. Vacations just got easier.
November 21, 2013 Comments Off
Despite yacón’s visual and textual similarities to sweet potatoes and other veggies, it’s got an appeal all its own.
By Carly Szkaradnik
Philadelphia City Paper
To the untrained eye, yacón can look an awful lot like a common ipomoea batatas (sweet potato), so its initial impact is somewhat blunted. But when you cut into it, you’ll discover something crisp and sweet that will make you shift your frame of reference to jicama. In fact, the yacón is more closely related to the sunchoke. And much like some hardy, leafy greens that you’d otherwise think have no place in the discussion, yacón’s sweetness and flavor improve after it has weathered a few frosts.
November 18, 2013 Comments Off
Amaranth, Arugula, Broccoli, Carrot, China Rose, Cress, Daikon Red, Dark Opal Basil, Garret Giant Mustard, Genovese Basil, Kogane Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Red Gruner Purslane, Red Komatsuna
Excerpt from Bloombrick’s website:
Bloombrick Urban Agriculture is a newly established owner-operated indoor farm located in the heart of Cambridge, MA. We currently specialize in growing and selling still living microgreen, wheatgrass, and other select produce in hydroponic and soil systems, but our goal, vision, and mission is much larger; We’d like to help cities, starting with Boston, to become fully sustainable, truly local, and dynamically regenerative in their produce production, removing the need for restaurants, individuals, and grocery stores to have their food shipped in from thousands of miles away, and ensuring access to fresh, local produce 365 days a year.
November 8, 2013 Comments Off
We compost organics so that fresh and sustainable food can be grown on-site. An organic farm in a mobile box!
By Nick Hermes, Wes Regan and Matthew Pattinson.
Urban Stream team
Excerpt from their crowd funding site:
Our first product is the urban micro-farm, which combines vermicomposting with hydroponics and mushroom growing in a re-purposed shipping container with a greenhouse roof.
We’re launching this campaign to fund the construction of our next urban micro-farm. Our prototype is running well and we have made a few design optimizations so that we can grow even more greens in our next unit but we don’t have the funds on hand to build it.
November 4, 2013 Comments Off
“Land is being treated as a dead body. We should be using our land to re-create local economy, and to give families a chance to eat healthy foods.”
By Anna Watson Carl
Wall Street Journal
Oct. 10, 2013
Friends also thought he was crazy, toiling away in his gardener’s hat, and they nicknamed him “Le Prince Jardinier” ( The Gardener Prince ). The name stuck. Soon he created a line of handmade gardening tools, clothing and furniture emblazoned with his nickname and embellished with a trowel and a straw hat. Originally carried by high-end stores like Bergdorf Goodman, today the line is sold at La Bourdaisière’s gardening boutique and on the ground floor of Deyrolle.
October 30, 2013 Comments Off
SeaLeaf is a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. Four former students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, designed the new system of growing produce with this challenge in mind. Instead of relying on fields, it uses oceans.
A team of engineers has designed a hydroponic module that could shift urban farming from the rooftop to the sea.
By Sydney Brownstone
Oct 24, 2013
Students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, Roshan Sirohia, Jason Cheah, Sebastiaan Wolzak, and Idrees Rasouli, have created SeaLeaf, a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. The team has demonstrated in at least one test that it can grow seven to eight yields of bok choy a year, while conventional farming only produces two or three. Because 18 of today’s megacities currently sit on coastlines, the team envisions a network of climate-resilient SeaLeaf farms that can feed millions of people. In theory, the farms would only be as far as a kilometer from the nearest pier.
October 29, 2013 Comments Off
Grocers who integrate and grow their own produce on rooftop farms and at local distribution centres can benefit from multiple revenue streams, reducing costs by at least 37%, according to an Oliver Wyman analysis.
By Michael Lierow
Oliver Wyman Sustainability Blog
Oct 22, 2013
Commercial-scale urban agriculture presents opportunities for grocers to benefit from multiple revenue streams, while hedging against uncertain climate futures and meeting consumer demand for locally grown, organic food.
With changing global climates, securing a stable supply chain of fresh produce has become more costly: Unpredictable seasonal rains pose threats to regular crop yields; and rising fossil fuel costs threaten to increase already large transportation costs.
October 28, 2013 Comments Off
Slideshow production by Mark Kinver and Steven Connor. See it here.
Vincent Walsh, founder and director of the Biospheric Foundation, explains the project
8 October 2013
An innovative “living lab” has been set up in a former warehouse in the heart of Greater Manchester to research the best ways for people in urban areas to feed themselves in the future.
The Biospheric Project in Salford asks: “With rising food prices, climate change and growing urban populations, how do we make sure we can continue to put food on our tables?”
October 27, 2013 Comments Off
A wrecking crew demolishes a derelict structure at 3050 Belvidere on Detroit’s east side Friday, as part of the celebration of work getting started for the Hantz Woodlands project. Photo by Joseph Murphy/Bassett & Bassett.
Hantz gets approval to start urban woodlands project in Detroit
By John Gallagher
Detroit Free Press
Oct 18, 2013
Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has approved the sale of some 1,500 blighted parcels of land in the city to the Hantz Woodlands urban agriculture project.
The final approval will allow Hantz to begin razing blighted structures on the east-side parcels and to begin planting hardwood trees for eventual harvesting. The effort has been called the largest urban farming and reforestation project in the U.S.
October 25, 2013 Comments Off
Chicken owners are dressing their animals in hi visibility jackets to help them cross the road safely
Best dressed chicken in town: hens go hi-vis
By Jasper Copping
19 Oct 2013
It will not solve the riddle as to why the chicken crossed the road, but it might mean that the bird is more easily spotted when it does so.
After public officials, cyclists and schoolchildren, the nation’s pet chickens have become the latest group to succumb to Britain’s “high visibility” culture.
Owners are dressing their domestic flocks in new fluorescent bibs, which have been specially designed to keep the creatures seen in the autumn evenings.
October 20, 2013 Comments Off