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South Africa: Johannesburg’s rooftop farmer

BBC
04 May 2018

Rooftop hydroponics is part of a new “urban agriculture initiative” taking place in the South African city of Johannesburg. This farming – which uses water rather than soils to grow plants – is proving popular among green entrepreneurs, as Jessica David Preyser discovers.

May 10, 2018   Comments Off on South Africa: Johannesburg’s rooftop farmer

Hong Kong: AgriTech: These MBAs Just Launched A Game-Changing Urban Farming Startup

The Farmacy HK team were formed out of the University of Hong Kong’s Business Lab.

A team of MBA grads from the University of Hong Kong are making farming accessible in the heart of the city

By Marco De Novellis
Because Business
24 Apr 2018

Excerpt:

A team of five recent MBA graduates from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have just launched Farmacy HK, a smart city, urban farming concept based on cutting-edge hydroponic technology.

The first concept city farm opened in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay in February this year. Over 100 species of organic food products—rare herbs and edible flowers—are grown in a controlled environment without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions dissolved in water instead.

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April 28, 2018   Comments Off on Hong Kong: AgriTech: These MBAs Just Launched A Game-Changing Urban Farming Startup

There’s an microgreens urban farm hiding in Brookline Village, Massachusetts named ‘Legitimate Farms’

Video by Multimedia Journalist Emma R. Murphy

Though just a two-man operation, the farm yields an impressive amount of food. With about 80 shelves of microgreens, the farm produces about 40 pounds of food a day, according to Becker.

By Emma R. Murphy
Wicked Local Brookline
Apr 3, 2018

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This is one of the beauties of microgreens, according to Becker. Rather than wait for the greens to mature to vegetables, the microgreens are ready for harvest in just days – 12 to 14 – and the flavor packs a bold punch.

“The flavor of the microgreen is the flavor of the whole plant concentrated in a tiny plant,” Becker said.

The pair also experiments with other plants and hopes to offer sunflower, which they described as “buttery, delicious and a complete protein.”

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April 9, 2018   Comments Off on There’s an microgreens urban farm hiding in Brookline Village, Massachusetts named ‘Legitimate Farms’

Oracle’s Larry Ellison Unveils Hydroponic Farming Start-Up named ‘Sensei’

Larry Ellison by John G. Mabanglo/Epa-Efe, via Rex, via Shutterstock

Its first farm is on Lanai, the Hawaiian island of which Mr. Ellison owns roughly 98 percent.

By Michael de la Merced
New York Times
March 19, 2018

Excerpt:

Sensei’s first batch of crops includes Black Trifele tomatoes and Komatsuna mustard greens, with its yardstick for production being nutrition per acre.

“So far, the conversation in agriculture has been dominated by productivity: How much food can we grow in a square foot. But scale is just part of the equation,” Dr. Agus said in a statement. “To properly nourish the world, we need to consider how nutritious that food is. This is where Sensei is focused.”

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March 26, 2018   Comments Off on Oracle’s Larry Ellison Unveils Hydroponic Farming Start-Up named ‘Sensei’

Indonesia: Hydroponics Farming At Home

Indonesian hydroponics trainer Jackie Ambadar with students of Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre last Saturday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

“The whole idea is to get them to be self-sustaining and perhaps earn a bit of income on the side,” Ms Khan said.

By Manasa Kalouniviti
Fiji Times
March 06, 2018

Excerpt:

“I started in hydroponics five years ago in Indonesia when I learned that this was a very healthy way of planting vegetables because no pesticides are used.

“We started designing urban farming programs in Indonesia and now I’m very happy that a lot of people back home, who live in big houses, are doing their own farming at home because health is our number one concern right now,” she said.

Ms Ambadar said they started by teaching the students at the centre to use old and recycled materials such as empty plastic bottles, buckets and discarded plastic pipes in developing their hydroponics farms.

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March 12, 2018   Comments Off on Indonesia: Hydroponics Farming At Home

How urban farmers are learning to grow food without soil or natural light

A simplified hydroponic frame in Portsmouth. Silvio Caputo/University of Portsmouth, Author provided.

The potential to grow food in small spaces, under any environmental conditions, are certainly big advantages in an urban context. But these technologies also mean that the time spent outdoors, weathering the natural cycles of the seasons, is lost.

By Silvio Caputo
Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth
The Conversation
February 13, 2018

Excerpt:

As part of a recent research project investigating how urban farming is evolving across Europe, I found that in countries where growing food was embedded in the national culture, many people have started new food production projects. There was less uptake in countries such as Greece and Slovenia, where there was no tradition of urban farming. Yet a few community projects had recently been started in those places too.

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February 20, 2018   Comments Off on How urban farmers are learning to grow food without soil or natural light

Hong Kong: Kitchen gardening know-how in palm of your hand

New mobile phone technologies mean even grow-your-own-food enthusiasts stuck indoors can show off their green-fingered talents

By Peta Tomlinson
South China Morning Post
Feb 5, 2018

Excerpt:

Agriculture is a cultural tradition in Hong Kong, currently enjoying a revival among the many urban farmers who are greening the city’s rooftops to grow their own produce and live more sustainably.

Already on sale, and shipping to Hong Kong, is the Plantui 6 smart garden, a Finnish innovation. Just add water and plant capsules (no soil) and the built-in computer takes care of the rest.

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February 10, 2018   Comments Off on Hong Kong: Kitchen gardening know-how in palm of your hand

Urban farm flourishes in former Akron tire plant

That magenta glow coming from the third floor is an urban farm that is flourishing inside the innovation hub.

Vigeo Gardens is growing produce and success inside the BOUNCE, Akron’s innovation hub at the former site of B.F. Goodrich tire plant.

Author: Amani Abraham
WKYC3
January 10, 2018

Excerpt:

“It allows us to grow a plant in a much quicker time than you would in traditional farming, as well as environmental improvements,” Craine said. “We use about a tenth of the water a traditional farmer would use.”

Vigeo specializes in growing hydroponic lettuce, hydroponic basil and microgreens. The produce is then sold to local restaurants in Akron, Cleveland and surrounding areas. The company recently landed a deal with Quicken Loans Arena to supply fresh produce to private chefs for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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January 18, 2018   Comments Off on Urban farm flourishes in former Akron tire plant

Japan: ‘Tokyo Salad’ growing 400 plants in unused warehouse located under elevated transit lines

The strict hygienic conditions inside of the Tokyo Metro Co.’s cultivation center in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward. (Mainichi)

Tokyo Metro Goes ‘Train to Table’ with Hydroponic Lettuce

By Leon Kaye
Triple Pundit
Dec 19th, 2017

Excerpt:

As showcased recently in one of Tokyo’s major daily newspapers, the company, Tokyo Salad, is growing about 400 plants in what was previously an unused warehouse located under one of the subway system’s elevated transit lines. The startup, a joint venture between rail operator Tokyo Metro and a development company, currently markets 11 varieties of greens.

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December 26, 2017   Comments Off on Japan: ‘Tokyo Salad’ growing 400 plants in unused warehouse located under elevated transit lines

India: Now, grow vegetables in your living room with this self-watering modular farm

“Our goal is to make families around the world self-reliant with respect to food and Altifarm is our first product. All our learning from multiple projects at my industrial design studio over the last eight years has been distilled into development of Altifarm,” shares Raj.

By Chhavi Tyagi
Economic Times
Dec 4, 2017

Excerpt:

Ergonomically-designed, Altifarm comes across as a one-stop solution for all constraints related to urban farming – space, time, and erratic lifestyle. Consisting of 3 or 4 tiers (depending on your preference), Altifarm provides 1sqm of space to farm while utilising only as much of footprint as a chair does. The shelves are height-adjustable, giving you the freedom to choose a variety of saplings. The farm is designed with a wall hugging rear and is fitted with wheels to provide mobility.

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December 13, 2017   Comments Off on India: Now, grow vegetables in your living room with this self-watering modular farm

Herbs From the Underground in Lower Manhattan, New York City

Katherine Chester, a farm hand at Farm One, harvests for a morning delivery. Credit Sarah Blesener for The New York Times.

Farm One just opened an indoor rare herb and flower garden in a TriBeCa basement, and many prominent chefs are flocking to it.

By Alyson Kruegerdec
New York Times
Dec 6, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Farm One grew out of this research. In April 2016 the new company started growing products at a small indoor farm at the Institute of Culinary Education, also in Lower Manhattan, on Liberty Street. By August, the farm had its first client: Daniel Boulud’s Daniel. By the end of the summer, the herbs had sold out, which led Farm One to open a second location this fall, at 77 Worth Street.

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December 7, 2017   Comments Off on Herbs From the Underground in Lower Manhattan, New York City

Malaysia: Farming gains ground in Kuala Lumpur

City Farm marketing director Looi Choon Beng demonstrates how little space is needed for an urban garden. – By Kamal Ariffin, November 26, 2017.

“Somebody needs to do this thing now, or else we will not be ready for a possible crisis in the future.”

By Asila Jalil
Malaysian Insight
Nov 26, 2017

Excerpt:

In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Wong Min Lik has co-founded Moutou Art Space on the rooftop of a building at Lorong Panggong.

The 35-year-old Wong said the rooftop was empty space before they took over in December last year. Today, it has a bar and a garden which brimming with fresh vegetables and herbs such as lemongrass, ginger, mint, lemon, passionfruit, and bitter gourd.

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December 3, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Farming gains ground in Kuala Lumpur

Cornell group explores future of indoor farming

Doctoral student Jonathan Allred, center, leads a tour of Cornell greenhouses in November. Photo: R.J. Anderson/Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE): “CCE is the ‘boots on the ground,’ providing everything from technical assistance to the business planning, cost analysis and financing needed by startups and business that are expanding.”

By Jill Monti
Cornell Chronicle
November 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Known as controlled environment agriculture (CEA), the systems combine greenhouse environmental controls such as heating and lighting with hydroponic and soilless production, enabling year-round production of fresh vegetables. The process extends the growing season through a range of low-tech solutions – such as row covers and plastic-covered tunnels – to such high-tech solutions as fully automated glass greenhouses with computer controls and LED lights.

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November 28, 2017   Comments Off on Cornell group explores future of indoor farming

Veterans Start Vet Veggies to Inspire Other Vets

Vet Veggies harvests 600 heads of lettuce every week using a process called Hydroponics and they do it all inside this single container.

Arkansas Matters
Nov. 10. 2017

Excerpt:

Jerry Martin is a veteran and a farmer, but not just any kind of farmer.

Martin said, “I’m a Vietnam Veteran. I went into service in 1969. ”

The goal is to provide fresh farm to table vegetables for the Northwest Arkansas community. “Vet Veggies is a concept where we provide fresh local vegetables,” said Martin.

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November 16, 2017   Comments Off on Veterans Start Vet Veggies to Inspire Other Vets

Unique Indoor Farm In Manhattan Grows Over 150 Crop Varieties


‘Farm.One’ is a unique indoor farm in Manhattan using technology to bring flavor and rarity year round

Excerpt:

Tour Manhattan’s only indoor hydroponic farm, growing more than 100 varieties of rare herbs, edible flowers and microgreens. Sip complementary sparking wine as you taste new and unique flavors from around the world. A unique, fun experience for any local foodie or tourist in New York.

Inside our new, secret, larger facility in Tribeca, our unique farm uses LED lighting and hydroponics to grow a huge variety of culinary plants, numbering over 200 to date. The indoor grow room uses no pesticides or herbicides, and uses around 95% less water than a traditional farm. The farm supplies Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, including Atera, Daniel, Jungsik, Chef’s Table and others.

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October 30, 2017   Comments Off on Unique Indoor Farm In Manhattan Grows Over 150 Crop Varieties