Category — Entrepreneurs
At this point, their business is breaking even.
By Jeremy Hobson
Here and Now
Feb 17, 2015
In a city, you can grow enough produce using this technology to make a scaleable business. So you can sell wholesale as well as retail and have a real business,” Shawn told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.
The couple is currently growing greens including kale, cilantro, mustard greens and wild mint. Like a library of plants, the greens are neatly organized in towers of leafy green. Mustard greens, with their wasabi-like finish are something that restaurants request.
February 27, 2015 No Comments
People say we’re “rich in other ways,” but that doesn’t fix the ugly fact that most farms are unsustainable
By Jaclyn Moyer
Feb 9, 2015
(Must read. Mike)
Whenever a customer asked how things were going, I replied, Great. I thought about the sinking ship, and never said, Well, we’re making ends meet, but we work 12 hour days, 6 days a week, and pay ourselves only what we need to cover food and household expenses: $100 per week. I didn’t tell anyone how, over the course of the last three years since Ryan and I had started our farm, I’d drained most of my savings. I didn’t admit that the only thing keeping the farm afloat was income Ryan and I earned through other means — Ryan working as a carpenter and I as a baker.
February 11, 2015 Comments Off
The pair hopes to grow 100 percent of the Microsoft’s microgreens in house, or about 270 trays per week, by the beginning of the next fiscal year in July.
By Aimee Riordan
Microsoft News Center Staff
February 9, 2015
(Must read. Mike)
Welcome to Dining Microsoft’s urban farming experiment, where microgreens are used as a topping on pizzas and other dishes served at the café. They’re also often the finishing touch on entrees served in the adjacent “in.gredients,” a space created for local restaurateur John Howie and is currently home to guest chef Maria Hines of Tilth fame.
The greens, available in the café’s “Gather” salad bar, are often the first to go, says Jessica Schilke, urban farming specialist for Microsoft’s Dining and Beverage Services. “We get lots of great feedback about how they taste,” she adds.
February 10, 2015 Comments Off
Hearty greens like kale, spinach and arugula grow quite well during the winter.
Jan 16, 2015
Real Food Farm sits on about six acres in Clifton Park, just off The Alameda. In the summer, it is a bustle of activity, with volunteers working under the hot sun harvesting crops. While it’s not quite as busy in the winter, but that doesn’t mean the farm gets a break.
“We’re here in an urban environment on smaller scale so we need to maximize our space and extend the growing season to have some income coming in the door year round,” said Tyler Brown, farm manager at Real Food Farm.
February 6, 2015 Comments Off
Green City Acres, a commercial urban micro farm in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
By Shayna Tanen
January 23, 2015
He generates around $50,000 a year on about one-quarter of an acre of land, and he will show Gainesville residents how to make money by starting their own suburban micro farms.
“You can start farming anywhere and produce a considerable amount of product with really simple techniques,” Stone said.
February 1, 2015 Comments Off
Girard Gourmet owners operate their very own one acre farm in Julian, sourcing fresh produce
By Jacob Jiron
Vertical PR Marketing
Jan 29, 2015
As the “farm-to-fork” movement continues to gain momentum in the restaurant scene, the owners of Girard Gourmet in San Diego dare to take the concept to the next level. Owners, Francois and Diane Goedhuys, own and operate their very own one acre farm in Julian, sourcing fresh produce to include stone fruit, banana squash and a variety of herbs, which they incorporate into their seasonal dishes and libations.
January 29, 2015 Comments Off
Video via The Verge.
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MPOWERD has developed “Luci” a low-cost, waterproof, solar-powered lantern that could replace kerosene lamps in the developing world
How does Luci work?
Luci has three main components that make her work: (1) a solar panel that captures photons from sunlight or incandescent light; (2) a rechargeable internal battery that stores her power; and (3) 10 LED bulbs that produce her light.
Does Luci need any additional parts, such as batteries or a charger?
No – unlike some other solar lights, Luci does not require any additional parts, since her unit contains solar PV cells, a battery, and LED lights all in one.
How does Luci charge?
Luci’s solar panels charge when facing sunlight or incandescent light. In direct sunlight, Luci will fully charge in 8 hours. She will charge even when it’s cloudy outside, but it will take longer. To charge Luci in incandescent light, place the solar panel close to the light bulb – but not so close that it becomes hot. It will take longer than 8 hours to charge under incandescent light.
January 16, 2015 Comments Off
The goal of this project is to raise $40,000
Soil Bank – animals
Integrate small animals as soil building systems
Soil Bank – microbes
Fix our backpack sprayer, and fund our microscope and soil microbiology montoring so we can bring soil biology to super-vibrancy
Soil Bank – biochar
Research and Development of an urban biochar facility
Soil Bank –
OM Organic Matter additions to soil
January 11, 2015 Comments Off
Between weddings, events and deliveries, that added up to more than 6,000 stems of cut flowers and foliage in 2014.
By Rachel Weaver
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
A Pittsburgh floral shop is planting seeds for future growth that will transform a vacant city hillside into a thriving garden.
GreenSinner is expanding beyond its Upper Lawrenceville location with a four-acre urban flower farm in Observatory Hill in the North Side.
“There’s something really appealing about being in the city,” says Jonathan Weber, GreenSinner farmer. “There are a lot of places that, because of the landscape, aren’t suited for buildings. This is currently an overgrown hillside. It hasn’t been cultivated in at least 50 years. The soil is pretty rich.”
January 10, 2015 Comments Off
Margolese Prize Lecture in Vancouver BC: Vikram Bhatt, January 19, 2015 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
“Vikram Bhatt has dedicated his life to the application and teaching of appropriate technologies for the improvement of community life, not only for Canadians but for communities throughout the developing world,” said Thom.
“His work on edible gardens and productive rooftops over the last decade has focused not only on the need for self-sufficient villages in the developing world but, also, for a critical re-evaluation of the bucolic lawn-scape in Montreal,” noted Rochon.
January 8, 2015 Comments Off
Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fujitsu recently expanded their businesses to include hi-tech vertical farms.
By Vaidehi Shah
Dec 17, 2014
Electronics manufacturers such as Panasonic, Toshiba, and Fujitsu recently expanded their businesses to include hi-tech vertical farms which produce vegetables such as lettuce, radish, spinach and sprouts. Panasonic set up a farm in Singapore in August which uses special LED lights to cultivate vegetables in as little as 35 days, a move that meets the government’s food security goals. Toshiba also started cultivating greens like spinach, lettuce and greens in a factory in Japan earlier this year.
December 30, 2014 Comments Off
The company, co-founded by Dan Kuenzi, works with produce buyers, retailers, distributors, and hospitality firms to explore options for integrating local, indoor agriculture solutions into their product offerings.
In a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America’s food deserts
By Megan Gambino
Dec 9, 2014
At any given time, there are upwards of 700,000 unused shipping containers in the United States. Some clever architects have hacked these 40-foot steel compartments into skate parks, libraries, emergency shelters and surprisingly beautiful homes.
But Daniel Kuenzi has a new one. The Washington, D.C.-based entrepreneur is turning derelict shipping containers into urban farms.
December 21, 2014 Comments Off
With the automated farming system, one can do farming right from the city
By Naveeta Singh
Dec 6, 2014
Under the automated farming system, one can do farming right from the city with the help of a mobile device or a tablet. It also needs less labour on field. “A mobile network at the farm is necessary. There is a data processing unit at the form which has a SIM card. The card will acquire data like, weather conditions, humidity, water required, among others, from the processor and transmit it to your mobile phone,” says Kesarkar.
December 13, 2014 Comments Off
It’s a neighborhood where Mark Zuckerberg now owns a home, and a place where an affluent, whiter population is displacing lower-income residents, many of them Latino.
By Laura Klivans
Dec 3, 2014
On a windy day in San Francisco I’m at the back of Mission High School with teacher Rachel Vigil and her urban agriculture class. We’re outside on the edge of their football field. Students are moving between carefully laid dirt beds, each stretching 30 feet long.
“Listen up,” Vigil says as this class period comes to a close, “we have ten minutes before we have to head to the college center so I’d like everyone to just do a sweep of any green material that is on the paths. Please put it in the compost and pick up any gloves that are hanging out.”
December 10, 2014 Comments Off
Dec 3, 2014
Greg Willerer may not seem like your average entrepreneur. The once full-time school teacher quit his job to follow his passion for farming in the most unlikely of places. Located not far from Downtown Detroit, Willerer launched his urban farming business on just one acre of land.
December 10, 2014 Comments Off