Category — Entrepreneurs
City Farmer’s new website [www.cityfarmer.eco] features our Compost Demonstration Garden and our coming 40th anniversary next year. Visit the site here.
Leading global brands like Tesla, Google and LG have bought .eco domain names, taken the .eco pledge and set up .eco profiles.
April 25, 2017
VANCOUVER, BC – Starting today, businesses, organizations and individuals can own a .eco domain, the new dedicated environmental domain extension for people and brands committed to positive change for the planet. The .eco domain comes to market following a nine-year collaborative effort among more than 50 environmental non-profits, all with a shared vision to bring a trusted symbol of environmental responsibility to the Internet.
“Consumers will recognize .eco as the new global identity for brands and organizations committed to positive environmental change,” said Trevor Bowden, co-founder of .eco and Big Room Inc., a certified B Corporation located in Vancouver, BC. “Early .eco domain holders have already inspired a positive ripple effect, encouraging other brands to register and promoting transparency and a new level of accountability in how companies broadcast their social, environmental and CSR mandates.”
April 26, 2017 No Comments
A Growbag (equipment + potting soil), a Growpack (plug plants + organic fertilizer) and a Growguide (a set of audio classes).
From their Indiegogo site
Noocity Urban Ecology is a start-up based in Oporto (Portugal) focused on the facilitation of Urban Agriculture. The name Noocity comes from mixing the prefix NOO, representing collective consciousness (based on the noosphere concept), with the word CITY, representing the urban universe.
April 25, 2017 No Comments
Freight Farms has spread north from Boston to Canada, and Pope says there are over just over 100 of the company’s container farms operating in the US alone.
By Oset Babur
Apr 16, 2017
Freight Farms has spread north from Boston to Canada, and Pope says there are over just over 100 of the company’s container farms operating in the US alone. The company outfits each 40-ft container with the equipment for the entire farming cycle, from germination to harvest. This set of equipment, which the company calls Leafy Green Machine (LGM), creates a hydroponic system, a soil-free growing method that uses recirculated water with higher nutrient levels to help plants grow.
April 24, 2017 No Comments
“We have an estimated 16,000 square kilometres of unused rooftop space in India. If we can turn 10 percent into farms, there’s a big opportunity.”
By Pranay Parab
10 April 2017
he biggest challenge for terrace and balcony gardens is seepage. Over time, water stagnation tends to weaken building structures and by the time this visible through signs such as dripping ceilings, the damage is already done. Khetify says its “khet” (farm) boxes use drip irrigation to avoid this problem. Similarly, the other startups also say they take precautions to ensure that water doesn’t stagnate on roofs or balconies.
April 18, 2017 No Comments
The city farms are equipped with fine sensors sending all the farm performance and plant growth indicators to the application.
Krasny Oktyabr, 119072 Moscow
From their website:
The body is completely leak-tight, made of sound eight-layered composite aluminum. You can select out of 9 coloring options.
Regulated «smart» tinting coating of a farm’s glass door enables to turn down the glaring light RainbowSpectrum ™. Tinting coating is controlled with the use of the INTELLIGENT EXPERT application.
April 16, 2017 No Comments
A pair of quails, mascots of sorts for Olmsted, watch over the garden and provide eggs.
By Annie Quigley
September 15, 2016
(Must see. Mike)
A buzzy new restaurant in Brooklyn is condensing today’s biggest food trends (farm-to-table, sustainability, no-waste) into a tiny backyard garden. At Olmsted, named for the famous landscape architect who designed nearby Prospect Park, chef Greg Baxtrom (formerly at Per Se and Blue Hill at Stone Barns) and farmer Ian Rothman (the former horticulturist at New York’s Atera restaurant) have cultivated a self-sustaining micro-farm—complete with an aquaponics system in a clawfoot bathtub. Plus: The space transforms into an oasis in which to sip garden-fresh cocktails, every dish on the menu is under $24, and a donation is made to nonprofit GrowNYC for every meal eaten. Here, a look inside this clever kitchen garden.
April 14, 2017 No Comments
US graham cracker brand, Annie’s, has donated $100,000 to urban farmland project Gangsta Gardener in Los Angeles, California.
Ron Finley has many titles: Fashion Designer, The Renegade Gardener, Guerilla Gardener, Gangsta Gardener, Head Trouble Maker but most importantly Revolutionary.
By Douglas Yu
Bakery and Snacks
Apr 6, 2017
However, he is now facing eviction by city officials unless he can come up with $500,000 to purchase the property. Through his GoFundMe campaign, he has raised $485,000.
Annie’s president John Foraker told BakeryandSnack the company will “spread awareness and make noise” until the required funds are raised.
April 10, 2017 Comments Off on US graham cracker brand, Annie’s, has donated $100,000 to urban farmland project Gangsta Gardener in Los Angeles, California.
The 73-year old took a vacant plot of land and turned it into an award-winning vineyard in the least likely of places—Hough, a predominately black community in desperate need in Cleveland’s inner city.
Apr 1, 2017
How Frazier wound up growing grapes seems just as unlikely as his vineyard. He had been in and out of prison multiple times – all for the same crime.
“I was a professional [credit card] counterfeiter and served five terms,” he said. He later settled down, married and became a community activist, writer and host of a radio program.
April 9, 2017 Comments Off on Cleveland man went from crime to award-winning wine – an urban farming success story
Innovator uses technology to build urban micro-farms
By Aleese Kopf
Palm Beach Daily News
Mar 27, 2017
(Must see. Mike)
What was your first Cityblooms success story?
It must have been my proximity to major technology and agricultural centers (i.e. Silicon Valley and Salinas), but by 2011, I once again found myself keenly interested in the technology of growing food. I spun the Cityblooms effort back up inside a barn where we built almost 50 prototypes and filed four patents before we drew the attention of one of the large technology companies in the Bay Area (Plantronics) that was interested in hosting an installation to grow fresh produce for its campus eatery. This gave us the incredible opportunity to put some of our ideas into action and make a big push forward with our technology.
April 2, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Cityblooms’ Founder Nick Halmos Wins Innovator of the Year Award
On their obsession with lima beans and their plans to plant gardens on abandoned properties
By Jenna Chandler
Curbed Los Angeles
Mar 24, 2017
Every piece of Emily Gleicher and Arlan J. Wood’s yard in Frogtown is used for gardening. The couple grows a myriad of produce, from white sage to sunflowers to strawberry corn to dragon fruit to the most detested vegetable of childhood: lima beans.
The bounty supplements their diet. They make popcorn, salads, citronella oil, and hot sauce, which Wood has named “Caliente Culo.” But it’s the lima beans that help support Farm LA, the nonprofit they founded in May 2015 to turn abandoned and derelict lots into urban gardens for neighbors to enjoy. They sell the legumes in mason jars at farmers markets along with recipes for mashed lima beans and lima bean hummus.
April 1, 2017 Comments Off on A Q&A With The Urban Farmers Behind Farm LA
“That’s Broccoli George’s. He started his in 2010,”
Tampa Bay Times
Mar 23, 2017
(Must see. Mike)
At 5705 Virginia: “This one has only been here a year. It’s my ex-wife’s house,” he said. When he leaves in May, he plants a cover crop of black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes, and “when I come home in October, sometimes I come back to 2,000 pounds of sweet potatoes.”
In broad daylight and right in the front yard, something is happening in New Port Richey. The New Urbanism movement has taken hold and urban agriculture is flourishing.
March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Florida: Urban farming takes root in New Port Richey front yards
Kimbal Musk is the co-founder of The Kitchen, a family of companies that pursue an America where everyone has access to real food. He sits on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
By Kimbal Musk
Mar 21, 2017
Tiny plots on rooftops and small backyards are popping up all across America, particularly in urban areas that have never been associated with food production. These micro-farms aren’t meant to earn a profit or feed vast numbers of people, but they reflect the Millennial generation’s desire to forge a direct connection with the food they consume.
March 26, 2017 Comments Off on Fortune: Kimbal Musk on ‘How Millennials Will Forever Change America’s Farmlands’
A small agrihood consisting of eight to 10 raised beds, six orchard trees and mulching starts around $20,000 and only goes up from there as the size and complexity is increased.
By Jill Odom
Total Landscape Care
Mar 14, 2017
Farmscape has currently installed over 600 urban farms to date and maintains more than 250 of those locations.
The smaller agrihoods can be designed to fit 500 square feet while large agrihoods can take up several acres of land.
“We design each project to match the neighborhood and the future residents,” Hermanson said.
March 21, 2017 Comments Off on Los Angeles: Company feeds growing edible landscaping trend
Cynthia Chua. A pioneer in everything from introducing waxing to expanding our gastronomical palette, Chua wants us to consider the viability of urban farming, not just for food but for beauty ingredients too.
Calendula is very good as anti-inflammatory product, especially post-threading and tweezing. With whatever we’ve grown, we are able to produce about 1,600 bottles. That was just 10-20 per cent of the garden being used.
By Renée Bachelor
Nov 18, 2016
Now Chua is doing the seemingly impossible, working in partnership with Raffles City Shopping Centre and Edible Gardens to cultivate and hand harvest plants and herbs in a secret, rooftop farm stretching 10,000 square feet on top of Raffles City.
Tucked away on the seventh floor, more than 1,600 herbs and plants across 16 varieties have been grown, harvested and blended into beauty products. We visited the farm at sundown and it was pretty magnificent to see plants thriving within our urban landscape. Some of the plants that feature heavily in the first two products were aloe vera and calendula — these products will available at Strip and Browhaus outlets from this month.
March 18, 2017 Comments Off on Singapore: Spa Esprit’s Cynthia Chua on urban farming and her new Farm to Beauty brand
Horticulturist Beate Hahn published ‘The Garden Primer for Kids and Mother’ in 1935.
By Michael Levenston
Mar 14, 2017
(Must see! Mike)
At her home/office in Vancouver, Canada’s famous landscape architect shows us one of her mother’s books on gardening. The book’s artist, Ursel Bartning (1905 – 1990), featured Cornelia in many of the images throughout the book including the cover.
March 15, 2017 Comments Off on 95-year-old Landscape Architect, Cornelia Oberlander, Describes Her Mother’s Gardening Book