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Denmark: Noma – World’s Most Famous Restaurant Re-0pens as an Urban Farm

2,100 Square Feet Of Garden, Three Free-Standing Greenhouses

Wall Street Journal
Gourmet Traveller

Excerpt from Wall Street Journal
Feb 16, 2018

Noma’s new Bjarke Ingels-designed campus will encompass 11 buildings and 2,100 square feet of garden, to be designed in the spring by Piet Oudolf, who also collaborated on landscaping the High Line in New York City. Near the entrance to Noma’s property are three free-standing greenhouses constructed almost entirely of glass. “Each space utilizes as few materials as possible,” Ingels says. Two of the greenhouses will be used to grow ingredients like microgreens, herbs and edible flowers. The other will house the restaurant’s bakery and a test kitchen. “It’s been insane,” says Redzepi. “But there are just things you say yes to, even before you know how to totally plan.”

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February 18, 2018   No Comments

Canada: Is Personalized, Next-Day Delivery the Future of Urban Farming?

Part of Lufa’s delivery fleet. (Lufa Farms)

Lufa Farms: A rooftop-farming venture in Montreal has found success with a model that’s part CSA, part Amazon Prime.

By Sarah Treleaven
City Lab
Feb 9, 2018

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Whereas many urban farms sell to restaurants or grocery stores, or via farmer’s markets, Lufa has a key point of differentiation: its direct-to-consumer business model. On its website, shoppers can customize baskets of fresh food, which are then delivered to more than 300 pick-up points across the city, or to their homes for an added fee. It’s like community-supported agriculture (CSA) or a farm share merged with the personalization and convenience of Uber Eats or Amazon Prime. “We decided that we needed to give people the option to order what they wanted, and that we would figure out how to get those items to them,” Rathmell said.

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February 16, 2018   No Comments

UK: WalthamGrow and Chef Supported Agriculture

WalthamGrow.

They partnered with Marmelo Kitchen, a London restaurant already buying their salad regularly.

By Mathilde Currid
2017

Mathilde Currid and Alok Shah began WalthamGrow as a grow-to-sell salad enterprise in Summer 2016 with the help of Organiclea’s Farm Start project. Learning from their experience as Salad Starter trainees at Organiclea’s Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery in London, UK, they took over the care and cultivation of a 120 m2 residential garden site when the opportunity presented itself in May of that year.

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February 15, 2018   No Comments

Urban farmers struggle to reap mass-market benefits

Brooklyn basil: the harvest at Gotham Greens.

“Technically,” he says, “there’s no reason why these countries shouldn’t be self-sufficient in produce and, indeed, be net exporters. They have all the right conditions — given the right technology.”

By Jonathan Margolis
Financial Times
Feb 1, 2018

The basil is ready to harvest. The warm, humid air is sweet with the aroma of herbs ready to give their lives to the glory of pesto, tomato sauces and salads.

Close your eyes and you could be in Umbria. Open them, and you are in a greenhouse in Brooklyn, New York. Outside it is minus 7 degrees and snowing. The workers tending the hydroponically-fed plants inside are farmers — but of an indoor, urban variety.

This is one of three New York salad vegetable farms run by Gotham Greens, a seven-year-old company (there is another farm in Chicago and four more will open this year). The greenhouses grow pesticide-free produce for hyper-local distribution.

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February 7, 2018   No Comments

The latest millennial trend: Ditching the city to go live on a farm

John and Halee Wepking CBS NEWS

The Department of Agriculture has found that for only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years of age is increasing.

By Dean Reynolds
CBS News
January 23, 2018
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RIDGEWAY, Wisc. — John and Halee Wepking have come a long way from their lives in New York City. They draw their excitement now from the 60 acres of land they work in western Wisconsin. The livestock, the grain and the beauty of the place are elements that fuel a youthful trend on the farm these days.

The Wepkings live and work on Paul Bickford’s 700-acre spread, blending entrepreneurship with environmental awareness in a deal to one day take over the Bickford Farm.

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January 28, 2018   Comments Off on The latest millennial trend: Ditching the city to go live on a farm

National nonprofit aims to put gardens in 100 Detroit schools

Kimbal Musk, co-founder and CEO, Big Green, stands in a learning garden in Indianapolis.

Since 2011, it has created learning garden classrooms, with raised beds planted with fruits and vegetables and student seating areas, in Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Chicago, serving about 250,000 students.

By Sherri Well
Crains
Jan 17, 2018

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The nonprofit plans to build its first learning garden in April and to have 100 in place within 2 1/2 years, Musk said. “Will be moving very fast.”

Big Green looks to build on the urban agriculture, community garden and school garden projects sprouting around Detroit.

School gardens have shown to be a powerful tool to improve test scores, Musk said.

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January 24, 2018   Comments Off on National nonprofit aims to put gardens in 100 Detroit schools

Singapore: This traveling farm wants to teach you how to grow your own edible greens

Photo: Urban Farm & Barn/Facebook

The Travelling Farm (TTF) runs gardening workshops and programmes in a specially retrofitted container with the objective of inspiring and promoting interest in gardening to the masses.

By Coconuts Singapore
Jan. 17, 2018

Excerpt:

As urban farming gains traction in cosmopolitan Singapore, people are increasingly interested in growing their own edible gardens. But not all of us are born with a green thumb — and that’s where The Traveling Farm steps in.

A roving initiative by urban farming consultancy Pocket Greens, the pop-up space will rotate between three different locations — Bougainvillea Park (where it sits now), Raffles Place Park, and Dhoby Ghaut Green — for three months each from now till Dec 5, 2020, so you’ve got plenty of time to make your way over.

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January 24, 2018   Comments Off on Singapore: This traveling farm wants to teach you how to grow your own edible greens

India: Startups reaping dividends in urban farms

The urban farming startup ecosystem could be worth $1billion in India in the next two to four years and will become essential due to environmental concerns

By Shashwati Shankar
Economic Times India
Jan 5, 2018

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In the past three to four years, more than a dozen urban farming startups have been launched in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Jaipur and elsewhere. They provide services such as setting up rooftop and balcony farms for independent homes and companies to vertical farming options for those with more wall space than floor area.

“I began with conducting farming and gardening workshops but in the last one or two years we have seen interest significantly increase,” said Kapil Mandawewala, founder of Edible Routes. “I get about 30 orders a month, with a majority coming from independent homes and the rest from community centres, educational institutions or corporates.” Edible Routes was registered in 2016 but was operational in the urban farming space for three years prior to that. Mandawewala began experimenting with farming on family owned land in Gujarat in 2008.

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January 10, 2018   Comments Off on India: Startups reaping dividends in urban farms

FarmBot Wants to Cultivate an Open-Source Future for Remote Farming – Can work on rooftops, in backyards

Right now, the FarmBot Genesis goes for $2,595 via the company’s website. The FarmBot Genesis XL, which is available for preorder, costs $3,295 and covers “421 percent the area of for just 38% more cost.”

By Jennifer Marston
The Spoon
January 3, 2018

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Both FarmBot products, made up of cartesean coordinate robots along with software and documentation, can work on rooftops, in backyards, and can accommodate both small- and large-scale farming operations. It’s unclear whether the company means “farm from anywhere” literally, as it says on its website. But considering the highly customizable nature of the product, anyone with some tech know-how could theoretically hack the bot and make it work in any given climate.

A visual interface lets you “plan your garden like a videogame,” according to the company’s website.

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January 10, 2018   Comments Off on FarmBot Wants to Cultivate an Open-Source Future for Remote Farming – Can work on rooftops, in backyards

This Stylish Table Is the “Next Generation” of Automated Urban Farming

Photo credit: Dan Addison, University Communications, UVA

Babylon is now focused on bringing the farms to consumers outside of universities. Currently, a the micro-farm farm goes for $1,799.

By Jennifer Marston
The Spoon
December 29, 2017

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Recent grad Alexander Olsen started Babylon Micro-Farms in 2016, as part of the University of Virginia student entrepreneurial clubhouse, HackCville. An early prototype won $6,500 from Green Initiatives Funding Tomorrow, part of the UVA student council.

Now, Olsen and six other employees are working to get the hydroponic farms inside the homes of consumers, billing them as “the next generation home appliance.”

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January 5, 2018   Comments Off on This Stylish Table Is the “Next Generation” of Automated Urban Farming

Ireland: The Social Hops Project

The Social Hops Project, a community hop-growing project founded in 2016, is the brainchild of Andrew Douglas, best known for setting up Dublin’s Urban farm.

By Gabrielle Monaghan
Independent IE
December 25 2017

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The Social Hops Project, a community hop-growing project founded in 2016, is the brainchild of Andrew Douglas, best known for setting up Dublin’s Urban farm.

The three-year project is aimed at illustrating the need for more local hop production and reducing the beer miles associated with importing hops. The collective hop-growing initiative was partly inspired by a London-based project called Palace Pint, which encourages beer-lovers to plant a few hop plants in their garden or in pots on their balcony or patio.

At Social Hops, individual growers pick up a starter pack that includes a hop rhizome, training string for the tall plants, organic fertiliser and instructions for planting every March at The Bernard Shaw pub in Dublin.

The growers then meet back at the pub in September to harvest the fruits of their work and share beer and pizza. The hops are passed on straight away to Rascals Brewing, which rewards the volunteers with a local wet-hopped beer made with the hops at another session in October. The beer is then sold on the market to help the brewer recover its production costs.

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See Social Hops.

December 31, 2017   Comments Off on Ireland: The Social Hops Project

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Director Trish Sie on Choosing the Right Music and Raising Chickens

In between working on imaginative projects for bands like Ok Go!, Sie and her husband Roe, parents of two boys, own the King’s Roost, an urban farm supply store in Silver Lake, Calif., that also offers classes in homey arts like soapmaking and beekeeping.

By Pat Saperstein
Variety
Dec 21, 2017

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I love being dirty and being connected to the earth. Especially when you’re in this city and this business, when I get my hands in the dirt, and get a chicken on my lap, and get flour all over the counter, it just feels good.

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December 22, 2017   Comments Off on ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Director Trish Sie on Choosing the Right Music and Raising Chickens

City-Dwellers Take Root in Albany’s New Urban Agriculture Supply Shop

They’re busy planning outreach classes for the spring, possibly taught by volunteer Master Gardeners or County Extension workers.

By Chris McDowell
Corvallis AdvocateFeature
December 6, 2017

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In July, the couple opened Urban Ag Supply in a small space in downtown Albany, where they sell everything from soil amendments to hydroponic supplies, and books with an ecological tilt. Selling only local and environmentally friendly products, the purpose of the store, according to Sara, is to be a “community garden hub” for Albany and the surrounding area.

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December 16, 2017   Comments Off on City-Dwellers Take Root in Albany’s New Urban Agriculture Supply Shop

Sweden: Plantagon CityFarm plans to create a network of underground urban farms

The system will save the office building 700,000 kilowatt-hours of energy a year, worth roughly three times as much as the previous tenant of the basement was paying in rent.

By Adele Peters
Fast Company
Dec 5, 2017

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Underneath a 26-floor office tower in Stockholm, an underground space once used as an archive for a newspaper will soon become a farm. And because of a unique business model, the urban farmers growing greens in the new farm won’t pay rent–their farm will pay for itself in heat.

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December 15, 2017   Comments Off on Sweden: Plantagon CityFarm plans to create a network of underground urban farms

Milwaukee: Growing Power’s loss saddens community leaders

The Growing Power cafe and market, at 2719 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, is permanently closed after the nonprofit ran into financial difficulties. (Photo by Elliot Hughes)

Growing Power’s website has been stripped of all content and workers could be seen emptying the cafe-market at 2719 N King Drive on Wednesday. The institution has dissolved.

By Elliot Hughes
Milwaukeens
December 1/ update Dec 10, 2017

Excerpt:

That news hits hard for some community leaders, who appreciated Growing Power for its green, sustainable food practices, its influence on urban farming and the healthy food it spread throughout the city. But those interviewed feel good about the future of urban farming and that of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, where the nonprofit had a cafe-market.

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December 11, 2017   Comments Off on Milwaukee: Growing Power’s loss saddens community leaders