Category — Entrepreneurs
He thinks the use of “vertical agriculture” will allow agriculture to expand into previously non-agricultural areas – places like cities.
By Michael Martin Garrett
November 17, 2014
Zeangle, and the rest of the Green Towers team, has been getting a lot of attention for a design that Zeangle thinks can solve the problem – or at least get agriculture moving in the right direction. He calls it a “living wall.”
He describes it as a vertical conveyer belt that moves around a central point powered by a water wheel. All along the wall are boxes for plants grown using hydroponics – a technique that uses water and nutrients without the need for soil.
November 22, 2014 No Comments
Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers only buys flowers from within a 100-mile radius
By Yvonne Wenger,
The Baltimore Sun
Nov 12, 2014
“Flowers are a good option for people who are interested in farming but want to try something different or have a niche that sets them apart from food growers,” Frost said. “For us, it’s exciting as a viable entrepreneurial option for farmers, and to eliminate blight.”
With about a dozen urban farms operating in Baltimore, city officials are investigating other ways to use vacant lots, said Jenny Guillaume, the Growing Green Initiative coordinator for the city’s Office of Sustainability. The city started a push for more community gardens in 2011 to uplift blighted neighborhoods, give families access to more healthy food options and help unemployed residents earn money.
November 20, 2014 No Comments
The role that urban agriculture in providing street food vendors with safe, fresh and nutritious produce at a low cost.
Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition
Until Dec 8, 2014
Street foods in urban areas are often the most accessible means of obtaining an affordable meal for millions of consumers every day and urban and periurban agriculture can provide street food vendors with the required local, fresh, nutritious and less expensive ingredients.
November 19, 2014 No Comments
Heather Hava, right, who is working on a doctorate in aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, describes a computerized system she is developing with other graduate students participating in the exploration HABitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
The ROGR robots can visit a specific plant to deliver water or to locate and grasp a fruit or vegetable. If an astronaut requests tomatoes for a salad, the system decides which specific plants have the ripest tomatoes and assigns parallel harvesting tasks to ROGR.
By Bob Granath
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida
July 7, 2014
For more than a half-century, NASA has made the stuff of science fiction into reality. Researchers are continuing that tradition by designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers. It sounds like a concept from Star Wars, but a team of graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder is now developing the innovative technology to make it possible.
As astronauts explore beyond Earth, they will need to make their habitat as self-sustaining as possible. This includes growing fruits and vegetables.
November 17, 2014 No Comments
See their Kickstarter page
By Cam MacKugler
Create your virtual garden using our online patent-pending garden-builder software. Slide the dimension bars to select the size of your existing bed. Input your zip code so we can determine your home’s hardiness zone, and filter our available plants to suggest those that will thrive in your specific environment. Then peruse our expansive selection of vegetables, fruits, and herbs to build the garden of your dreams. As you build, watch as we display your estimated germination percentage, the days until harvest, and the money you’re saving!
November 15, 2014 No Comments
“It’s been a city of industry in the past, and who says it can’t be a city of agriculture and creativity?”
By Brian McCollum,
Detroit Free Press Pop Music Writer
Nov 6, 2014
The publicity was welcomed by the nonprofit KGD, which works with local gardeners and entrepreneurs while advocating for a day when most of the fruit and vegetables consumed in Detroit are grown locally.
Mraz was the Plum Street farm’s most notable celebrity visitor yet, said KGD co-direct Eitan Sussman.
November 8, 2014 Comments Off
The seed business supplements their primary income from Social Security.
By Diane Desenberg
Ground Breaking Roots
July 13, 2014
I was tickled pink to find Cliff and Pamela Fox of Our Vegetable Patch. They are all about heirloom seeds. I didn’t have an email address or telephone number for them, so I was forced to show up unannounced at their Brewster, Kansas home. As I was trying to figure out whether anyone was around, they came down the street, having just returned from a fishing vacation. They were genuinely thrilled to share their excitement about the 225 varieties of seeds they grow.
November 6, 2014 Comments Off
The researcher has started out with relatively small plants, such as watercress, and herbs such as arugula and basil. But eventually, he plans to print yarn encasements big enough to grow fruit, vegetables and even trees.
By Patrick J. Kiger
Oct 27, 2014
Sony computer scientist Yuichiro Takeuchi has figured out a way to print entire gardens filled with herbs and flowers, which can then be planted in empty lots or on rooftops, or on vertical surfaces such as building walls. Or pretty much anyplace else for that matter.
Takeuchi told Business Insider that he foresees the new technology as a way to add a little green space to cities, without labor-intensive landscaping and planting that he thinks discourages some would-be gardeners.
November 5, 2014 Comments Off
Garden shop occupies a tiny niche in the urban landscape
By Randy Shore
November 2, 2014
FoodGROWS.com is designed to occupy a niche not well served by garden suppliers or serious back-to-the-land outfitters. The website even has a 10-question entry point that helps guide new customers to the products best suited to their space and temperament.
Products range from low-tech wooden planters and wall-mounted pouch planters to high-tech plastic tower gardens for balconies and rooftops and soil-free growing systems, including a tabletop aquaponic herb planter with an aquarium base (goldfish not included).
November 3, 2014 Comments Off
MSc thesis student is exploring business models in urban agriculture
Shuang Liu (MSc student in Organic Agriculture, Wageningen University)
Han Wiskerke (Professor of Rural Sociology, Wageningen University)
Despite the growing attention and support for urban agriculture and the increase in urban farming businesses, little is known about the business aspects of UA. This is not only an omission in UA research, but it could also constrain the development of UA businesses in the future.
October 22, 2014 Comments Off
Won first prize in the sustainability category last weekend at the Maker Faire
By Christopher Hoffman
Sept 26, 2014
The 43-year-old software engineer turned to hydroponics, or gardening without soil. Langdon and his friend Curt Downing of Glastonbury designed and built a compact, vertical hydroponic garden that grows 160 plants and is controlled from a cell phone.
Langdon and Downing aren’t the only ones who think the garden — made of PVC pipe, downspouts and gutters — is cool. Earlier this month, their rig won first prize in the New York Maker Faire’s sustainability category.
October 19, 2014 Comments Off
Click on image for larger file. Gardener Dustin Hurst talks about his operation at Monkey Grass Farms, an indoor marijuana growing company operating in East Wenatchee, Washington. “Raising cannabis is my favorite thing, and I can’t think of anything else I’d want to do,” he said. Marc Lester / ADN. See complete slide show here.
City Mayor Frank Kuntz voted in favor of the initiative. Nationally, “I think that’s where we’re headed … whether you like it or don’t like it.”
By Laurel Andrews
Alaska Dispatch News
Oct. 16, 2014
Drive through East Wenatchee, past rows of tidy apple orchards, and you’ll come across Gecko Growers marijuana farm. Visible from the road, a 12-foot wall rises around the marijuana plants, in striking contrast to neighboring farms that have no fences or visible security.
“Beautiful, isn’t it?” co-owner Kevin Dietz said on a sunny September afternoon, standing on the deck overlooking the outdoor grow. He watched with crossed arms as co-owner and master gardener Gary Bryant disappeared and reappeared among the farm’s 259 plants, some of which reached 13 feet into the sky.
October 18, 2014 Comments Off
“Empty land doesn’t do anything for the aesthetic of the city and our idea is to use these derelict spaces to create something that will add value.”
By Hull Daily Mail
October 08, 2014
The mobile farm will be housed in ship containers that reflect Hull’s shipping heritage, which can be easily moved to different locations around the city.
Mark said: “The concept is simple – we build a temporary site on unused land and if a developer wants the site back, we can simply pick it up and shift it to a new home.”
October 18, 2014 Comments Off
Meet Ray, Angel City’s resident farmer. Ray turns spent grain from the brewing process into compost, and grows hops on our rooftop garden in Downtown LA.
Roof-to-bottle – available in 22oz bottles and on draft
By Justin Bolois
Los Angeles Magazine
Oct 7, 2014
Adjacent to the fruits and vegetables are blue 55-gallon drums used to grow Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus hops for the Rooftop Ale. Narkevicius devised his own drain-back irrigation system, and put coconut husks at the bottom of each drum to act as a filter. “The way he draws up schematics is amazing,” says Foerstner. “He’s like Da Vinci in that way.”
The Rooftop Ale is a light and citrusy pale ale—a great complement to the vegetal, grassy aroma that wafts from the garden. Narkevicius describes the whole thing as a grand “experiment.” They were able to harvest just under 14 pounds of hops, but he insists they have their sights set on a much larger yield for the next go-around. In the meantime, Narkevicius is busy toying with pH levels of the water and drawing up other ideas to expand his operation.
October 13, 2014 Comments Off
From Ten-Speed Greens Urban Farm
By James Cave
The Huffington Post
Two Florida women hope that by selling a pin-up calendar featuring naked female farmers and strategically placed produce, they can raise enough money for a down payment on some new land.
That’s the pitch behind an Indiegogo campaign from Ten-Speed Greens Urban Farm. The company’s owners, Claire Mitchell and Danielle Krasniqi, are currently farm-less; the landlord of their previous farm wanted to build homes there instead. So the ladies and their friends decided to strip down — tastefully — and rally folks to donate to their cause.
September 27, 2014 Comments Off