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“We hope the students educate and share their enthusiasm for real food with other people who maybe didn’t know that lunch could constitute anything except Dorito chips. It’s nutritious food, it’s affordable, in our case, it’s free.”
By Brian Healy
San Francisco Foghorn
November 19, 2015
Tucked behind the Education Building sits the USF Community Garden, where squash, rhubarb, and many other natural favorites are nurtured for eventual consumption by the USF community. The responsibility of caring and harvesting the produce rests on students who are part of the Community Outreach class within the Urban Agriculture Department. The students have a vested interest in the vegetables’ upbringing, since they cook the meals that are showcased at the USF Farm Stand on Gleeson Plaza.
November 26, 2015 No Comments
“Growing the Zinnia plants will help advance our knowledge of how plants flower in the Veggie growth system, and will enable fruiting plants like tomatoes to be grown and eaten in space using Veggie as the in-orbit garden.”
By Linda Herridge
November 16, 2015
It is the first time that a flowering crop experiment will be grown on the orbiting laboratory. Growing Zinnias in orbit will help provide precursory information about other flowering plants that could be grown in space.
“Growing a flowering crop is more challenging than growing a vegetative crop such as lettuce,” said Gioia Massa, NASA Kennedy Space Center payload scientist for Veggie. “Lighting and other environmental parameters are more critical.”
November 17, 2015 No Comments
Urban gardening products inspired by fairtrade farmers’ hacks
SmallFolders Indiegogo Campaign
Nov 18, 2015
In 2009, the number of people living in urban cities surpassed those living in rural areas. This change heralds far reaching implications for how we live and feed ourselves. However, it has also led to a burgeoning trend in urban gardening across city landscapes – as people try to reconnect with nature.
This week Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF) is launching ‘SmallFolders’ on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. SmallFolders are a range of tried and tested urban gardening products inspired by smallholders, and their hacks to growing and gardening in small spaces.
November 17, 2015 No Comments
LIVIN Farms Hive: Empowering you to grow a food revolution straight out of your kitchen!
By Katharina Unger, Founder
L I V I N farms
With our beautiful and functional desktop hive for edible insects you can grow 200-500 g of protein-rich super food mealworms!
This replaces about the same amount of protein that you would otherwise consume in 500g of meat, animal products or other protein foods. Feed your mealworms sustainably on vegetable scraps from your kitchen and always know 100% what you eat.
November 10, 2015 Comments Off on The world´s first desktop hive for Edible Insects
By Dan Kurzrock, Jordan Schwartz
Nov 8, 2015
The urban craft beer industry is booming, but with it so is an unsung food waste problem. ReGrained is a solution to this problem positioned at the nexus of food, craft beer, and sustainability.
ReGrained partners with urban craft breweries in San Francisco and recovers their “spent” grain as an ingredient in delicious and healthy food. This “spent” grain represents 85% of a breweries byproduct, but actually is more nutritive than before it was used brew. Breweries extract the sugar from the grain, leaving all of the plant protein and dietary fiber. Thus, this grain has offers a sustainable source of nutrition!
November 9, 2015 Comments Off on Delicious, healthy and sustainable food made with upcycled grain from urban craft breweries.
Detroit Ento currently is figuring out how to create a product line of insects bred, grown, and sold in Detroit.
By Theodore Kozerski, co-founder of Detroit Ento
The Eastern Market-based startup is working to build a business around turning locally sourced insects into food and other similar products.
“We are an urban sustainable protein R&D firm for food, feed and pharma,” says Theodore Kozerski, co-founder of Detroit Ento.
November 1, 2015 Comments Off on Detroit urban ag startup raises edible insects
Kits come with one pack of organic seeds, one balanced bag of organic soil and one container to grow the plant in
By Chad Corzine
The Urban Agriculture Company
Excerpt from Kickstarter
Urban Agriculture grow kits simplify the process of city gardening by providing you with everything needed for a fun and easy growing experience. All of our grow kits come with one pack of organic seeds, one balanced bag of organic soil and one container to grow the plant in. Our containers are made from 100% recycled tea bags allowing for perfectly drained and aerated soil, not to mention a very cool urban look. We offer a variety of flowers, cooking herbs and vegetables to help urban dwellers have a well-rounded garden.
October 27, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Urban Agriculture Grow Kits’
The farm will deliver 40 to 50 bouquets a week to local florists, as well as a weekly flower share to Farm Direct Coop, a North Shore CSA.
By Gillian O’Callaghan
Oct 13, 2015
SALEM — Maitland Mountain Farm, this city’s only urban farm, is a bit of a conundrum. How can there be a farm and a mountain in this seaside city with almost 5,000 residents per square mile?
Carved out of a residential neighborhood, the farm is perched on a 2½-acre lot not far from a Staples and Dunkin’ Donuts. The name came from a family friend of Peter Maitland, who with his wife, Barbara, raised four children on this property. The friend used to ride his bike up the steep hill to visit and after struggling each time to navigate the incline, he dubbed the spot “Maitland Mountain.”
October 23, 2015 Comments Off on An urban farm in Salem, Massachusetts grows vegetables, flowers, and cans pickles on the side
The work will focus on areas such as urban farming, food transparency and authenticity, supply chain and health.
Oct 19, 2015
This month, Target will kick-off a major project with MIT Media Lab’s Laboratory for Social Machines. Through this initiative, we will collect and analyze billions of public data points – spanning brand communications, traditional and social media messages and supply chain information – in an effort to map the global conversations related to food.
Later this year, Target will launch a website with IDEO to identify trends and ultimately explore how food will be grown, sold and consumed in the next 15 years.
October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Target Launches Collaboration with MIT’s Media Lab Explore the Future of Food and Urban Agriculture
Growing Power, Maglio Companies team up to make local veggies available year round in Glendale, Wisconsin
The two men used a half-acre plot adjacent to the Maglio Companies headquarters for 11 hoop houses to for locally grown produce.
By Coral Beach
October 06, 2015
In August they harvested the first Maglio-grown local tomatoes, peppers, romaine and kale. Schulz said they should have tomatoes through the end of October and possibly into November, depending on Mother Nature. Fall squash is also available.
Maglio is selling his share of the produce to local retailers and helping Allen market his share to area restaurants, Scuhlz said. Response to the first harvest “has been awesome,” he said. “The flavor is outstanding.”
October 19, 2015 Comments Off on Growing Power, Maglio Companies team up to make local veggies available year round in Glendale, Wisconsin
An artist’s impression of the proposed garden bridge. Photograph: EPA. Link to larger image.
It has seemed impervious to criticism up to now, but is the flawed fairytale plan to build a forest across the Thames finally beginning to wither?
By Oliver Wainwright
Oct 1, 2015
It has been damned by the worthies of St Paul’s Cathedral, drawn thousands of signatures of public opposition and been slammed by Labour’s next London mayoral candidate but, like some undead zombie forest intent on haunting the Thames, the garden bridge just won’t go away.
Or will it?
October 18, 2015 Comments Off on London’s controversial garden bridge
JetBlue plants a seed with farm-to-tray-table concept – 24,000 square-foot space
By Scott Caterowitz
Oct 7, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue Airways is trying to bring a little bit of country to the city — opening its own “farm” at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The 24,000 square-foot space — less than half the size of a football field — outside JFK’s Terminal 5 is meant to educate travelers more than actually feed them. Although eventually JetBlue would like to serve items grown there in terminal restaurants and even make some blue potato Terra Chips that are served on flights.
One day, if the airport allows it, there might even be animals, such as bees and butterflies.
October 7, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Farm at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport
Cincinnati, Ohio agricultural entrepreneurs are growing a big crop of tiny greens – and doing it indoors
Waterfields sells to region’s top restaurants
By Jenny Burman,
Sep 24, 2015
In Cincinnati, one of those urban farm-organics “intersections” has an entryway on a narrow alley off Baymiller Street in West End. Here, Waterfields, a company that grows microgreens — plants that are served as seedlings at about 1-1/2 to 3 inches — maintains a hydroponic facility on the first floor of former slaughterhouse. At a different location, Waterfields grows edible flowers.
Waterfields began as a service to local chefs; it now also has products available to the public at Madison’s next to Findlay Market, Clifton Natural Foods and Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield.
October 3, 2015 Comments Off on Cincinnati, Ohio agricultural entrepreneurs are growing a big crop of tiny greens – and doing it indoors
FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing
Since September 2013, FoodChain has been producing about 30 pounds of greens and a dozen tilapia each week.
By Tom Eblan
September 20, 2015
The fish and most of the greens are bought by Smithtown Seafood. Blue Moon Farm distributes excess greens to other restaurants.
The aquaponics system works like this: waste grain from the brewery is fed to the fish, whose waste water provides the nutrients for lettuce and other greens to be grown under energy-efficient indoor lighting.
September 26, 2015 Comments Off on FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing
Big-data firms can test varieties of seeds across hundreds of fields, soils, and climates. And in the same way that Google can identify flu outbreaks based on where web searches are originating, analyzing crops across farms helps identify diseases that could ruin a harvest.
By Dan Bobkoff
Sept 15, 2015
This is some of what big-data analytics make possible on the modern farm: Sensors can tell how effective certain seed and types of fertilizer are in different sections of a farm. Software will instruct the farmer to plant one hybrid in one corner and a different seed in another for optimum yield. It can adjust nitrogen and potassium levels in the soil in different patches. And this information can be fed to companies like Monsanto to improve hybrids.
September 16, 2015 Comments Off on Seed by seed, acre by acre, big data is taking over the farm