Category — Hydroponics
SeaLeaf is a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. Four former students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, designed the new system of growing produce with this challenge in mind. Instead of relying on fields, it uses oceans.
A team of engineers has designed a hydroponic module that could shift urban farming from the rooftop to the sea.
By Sydney Brownstone
Oct 24, 2013
Students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, Roshan Sirohia, Jason Cheah, Sebastiaan Wolzak, and Idrees Rasouli, have created SeaLeaf, a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. The team has demonstrated in at least one test that it can grow seven to eight yields of bok choy a year, while conventional farming only produces two or three. Because 18 of today’s megacities currently sit on coastlines, the team envisions a network of climate-resilient SeaLeaf farms that can feed millions of people. In theory, the farms would only be as far as a kilometer from the nearest pier.
October 29, 2013 Comments Off
Alegría Fresh in Laguna Beach, California utilizes high-efficiency hydroponic vertical farming systems
By Sara Vandergrift
Laguna Beach Independent
July 7, 2013
Alegría Fresh, an unusual farm that grows its produce in vertical structures, turned to an old fashioned method to reach retail customers. In partnership with Orange County Produce, LLC, Alegria last week began offering weekly home delivery of its fresh organic bounty.
The farm itself is a wonderful oddity, consisting of 150 hydroponic vertical towers growing over 8,000 plants in less than 1/20th of an acre. The plants range from medicinal herbs to berries to veggies, all organic and housed in coconut fibers, allowing the team at Alegría to eliminate the presence of soil and grow produce, which they claim is “seven times more nutrient rich as anything found in the local supermarkets.”
July 21, 2013 Comments Off
July 15, 2013
Korn has been hard at work the past few months using their indoor hydroponics setup to grow a few pounds … of CORN!!!
Turns out the guys got real health conscious while recording their new album “The Paradigm Shift” — and bought a micro-indoor farm to grow corn and other vegetables inside of the studio so they wouldn’t have to buy from a store
July 16, 2013 Comments Off
Sustainability Workshop students win FreshDirect urban farming challenge
By Juliana Reyes
June 25, 2013
Students from the Navy Yard’s alternative project-based high school Sustainability Workshop won The Green Angel Fund, an urban farming challenge sponsored by online grocer FreshDirect, and will present their work at the National Indoor Gardening Expo in San Francisco in late July.
The challenge, which aimed to raise awareness about inner-city food and farming issues, was to build “the nation’s most innovative hydroponic garden” in three months.
July 2, 2013 Comments Off
Urban Stream Innovation installs first prototype composter/hydroponic growing system at Luke’s restaurant in Vancouver, BC
The entire system is in a shipping container that occupies one parking space behind the restaurant.
By Randy Shore
Feb 22, 2013
Urban Stream Innovation, a Vancouver-based sustainable tech firm, has installed its first self-contained prototype composter and vertical growing system designed to eliminate kitchen waste and produce restaurant-quality herbs and greens.
The staff at Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen will donate about 45 kilograms of vegetable waste, old coffee grounds and used tea bags each day to the micro-farm’s two-stage composter housed in a shipping container, parked behind the Granville Street eatery.
June 14, 2013 Comments Off
Within just the past 10 years, an increasing interest in city farming has been paralleled by the creation of the slow food and locallly sourced, or “locavore” movements, a foundation for the rise of urban farming initiatives.
June 4, 2013
Already, we have large-scale indoor farms such as EuroFresh Farms in Willcox, Arizona (318 acres (1.3 square km) of one-storey-high hydroponic greenhouses), supplying fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, and FarmedHere in Bedford Park, Illinois, a 90,000 square-foot (8,360 square metre) empty warehouse several storeys tall that was converted into an indoor farm producing tilapia (freshwater fish), a variety of leafy green vegetables, and several value-added products. Indoor farms (controlled environment agriculture or CEA) will undoubtedly replace most outdoor urban agricultural initiatives as the advantages of farming within protected environments become more widely accepted.
June 10, 2013 Comments Off
“The idea of taking a skyscraper and turning it into a vertical farming complex is absolutely ridiculous from an energy perspective.”
By Michaeleen Doucleff
May 21, 2013
The idea of taking a skyscraper and turning it into a vertical farming complex is absolutely ridiculous from an energy perspective,” says horticulturist Cary Mitchell of Purdue University, who’s been working on ways to grow plants in space for more than 20 years.
The future of vertical farming, Mitchell thinks, lies not in city skyscrapers, but rather in large warehouses located in the suburbs, where real estate and electricity are cheaper.
May 26, 2013 Comments Off
‘iQ by Intel’ is brought to you by the employees of Intel
By Luke Kintigh,
iQ Managing Edito
Aug 16, 2012
Referring to BrightFarms hydroponic greenhouses.
Sensors throughout the greenhouse will feed information back to a central computer system, which is programmed to make intelligent decisions about growing factors such as temperature, humidity, and wind speed. If the greenhouse becomes too hot, roof vents will automatically open. If it remains overheated, fans switch on; and if that’s still not enough, a shade will draw down. The computer even knows what conditions are like outside, so it won’t open the roof if it’s raining.
May 1, 2013 Comments Off
Green City Growers Cooperative
5800 Diamond Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44104
Green City Growers Cooperative, Inc. is a 3.25-acre leafy greens, hydroponic greenhouse in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland, OH. The greenhouse, which officially opened on February 25th, 2013, has 15,000 square feet of packinghouse and office space, and is currently producing Bibb lettuce, green leaf lettuce, gourmet lettuces and basil.
April 15, 2013 1 Comment
The airport has also been home to a handful of honeybees being tended to by urban beekeepers
By Rick Paulas
March 21, 2013
The 928-square-foot garden, first opened last September, consists of 26 aeroponic towers that grow a variety of herbs and vegetables. The list of produce growing in the towers includes, but is not limited to, chard, basil, lettuce, edible flowers, bell peppers, and tomatoes. And just who is using these vegetables? Currently, three restaurants in the airport proper make regular treks to the garden to harvest produce for their dishes: Wolfgang Puck, Rick Bayless’s Tortas Fontera Grill, and the highly-acclaimed Wicker Park Sushi Bar.
March 23, 2013 1 Comment
America’s Largest Vertical Farm Will Describe Successful $1.7 Million Capital Raise and Launch in Chicago
90,000-square foot facility in the industrial Chicago southwest suburb of Bedford Park
By Bob Benenson
Good Food Festivals
Feb 28, 2013
When FarmedHere was founded, its indoor vertical produce farm was located in a tiny 4,000-square foot building in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Co-Founders Jolanta Hardej, Steve Denenberg and Paul Suder, and vice president of development, Paul Hardej, delivered their basil and arugula to retail merchants in Ziploc bags.
Now, just about three years later — enhanced in part by strategic support from FamilyFarmed.org and the Good Food Financing Conference — FarmedHere is set for the grand opening of a 90,000-square foot facility in the industrial Chicago southwest suburb of Bedford Park. It will be the largest vertical farm in America.
March 6, 2013 1 Comment
A desire for local food that leaves a small carbon footprint has fed interest in indoor farming.
By Lorene Yue
Crain Chicago Business
March 04, 2013
Improved techniques for cultivating marijuana and a growing desire for local produce are the unlikely combination bringing commercial farming back to Cook County.
Urban agriculture has existed for years in the form of community gardens. But now three small ventures are looking to profit from growing produce year-round in warehouses.
FarmedHere LLC in Bedford Park, which started in 2009, is the largest operation, with 25 retail clients selling its herbs and lettuce.
March 6, 2013 Comments Off
Hydroponic vegetable farm in an unused utility room on the roof of a downtown Nashville condo.
Urban Hydro Project is an urban hydroponic farm that provides fresh, local food YEAR ROUND to people in the Nashville community. We grow lettuces, tomatoes, herbs, and other leafy greens. Here’s the catch…we’re currently only using a quarter of our grow room.
February 19, 2013 Comments Off
Aquaponics and algae farms will help change Australia’s food industry
By Geoff Wilson
Aquaponic Network Australia
Vol 2, No 1, Jan 15. 2013
Early signs of massive changes in the $100 billion a year (retail value) Australian food industry include:
Considerable new Australian investment into large-scale and home-scale urban and peri-urban aquaponics for production of more valuable, organic, fresh healthy foods such as fish, crustaceans, molluscs, many vegetables, most herbs, plus some fruits.
Pioneering new investment into urban and peri-urban algae-growing industry – to provide important food additives such as essential oils and high quality food proteins, feed proteins plus petroleum-competitive local transport fuels.
January 16, 2013 Comments Off
A hydroponic vertical growing system that will maximize growing area, save energy and fill a vital community need.
By Nona Yehia + Penny McBride
Launched Dec 3, 2012
Vertical Harvest will be the first of its kind: A three story vertical farm built on an infill piece of land that will grow fresh, local produce in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, extending its four month growing season to all year round. What makes this project truly unique is that we will develop an innovative hydroponic growing system that can be used in vertical greenhouses of all configurations.
December 29, 2012 Comments Off